How to Dispose of Bacon Grease

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How to dispose of bacon grease and avoid clogged plumbing in your home.

The aroma and sizzling sound of bacon cooking on the stove top in the morning is met with both excitement and hunger. Nothing quite compares to that crispy piece of bacon with your meal—whether it’s next to a pile of scrambled eggs or on top of a burger, there is no substitute. While we could go on and on about the delicious flavor of bacon, there is one thing about bacon that stumps many people—how to dispose of the leftover fat/grease after cooking it.

Never Dispose of Bacon Grease Down the Sink

Simply put, bacon grease should never get rinsed down the sink drain—not the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, or laundry room sink, no sink, ever. While bacon is a great component of a meal, the grease it leaves behind it a nightmare for your plumbing. When bacon grease gets rinsed down the sink, it mixes with cooler water and immediately begins to congeal (harden) and cling to the inside of your plumbing. In time, you will notice a foul odor coming from the sink because the congealed grease continues to collect more and more food particles.

While the majority of bacon grease will stick to your plumbing, some of it will inevitably make its way into your local sewer system where it will combine with other households cooking fats, oils and grease. For a moment, stop and imagine that your entire neighborhood sends pans of bacon grease down the sink, that adds up to a lot of grease. This grease meets in the sewers system and begins to form large pipe clogging culprits, commonly referred to as ‘fatbergs’. These masses are hard as concrete and grow rapidly in city sewers. To date, the largest fatberg uncovered was in London in 2017 and it weighed in at 130 tons and 250 meters long.

Once a fatberg has blocked a section of a sewer line, wastewater then gets pushed upward and flows out of drains and manholes into local neighborhoods, homes, and the environment. Right now, you are probably thinking “what about my home?” well this raw sewage flows out of sewer lines and can end up in your home. Insurance doesn’t always cover this mess either, which means that it could be an expensive problem to remedy.

As you can see, this popular food item can cause chaos in your home if not disposed of properly.

Responsibly Dispose of Bacon Grease with Grease Hero

Grease Hero drain guards are designed to be placed into the top of your kitchen drain or on your countertop. You can quickly and easily pour the used cooking fats, oils or grease into it, and then promptly dispose of the entire drain guard, instead of rinsing these harmful contaminants down the kitchen sink.

Our Grease Hero drain guard is made with recyclable materials to absorb the fats, oils and grease and can be thrown out with your regular garbage. Watch one in action on our YouTube channel.

We recently introduced Grease Hero PLUS to our product lineup for those meals where you don’t have enough used cooking oil/grease to fill and entire drain guard. Grease Hero PLUS is a self-contained storage system for our drain guards in which you can securely store your Grease Hero drain guard until it is ready to be tossed out or recycled. With a lid that tightly attaches to the base, you do not have to worry about any lingering odors in your kitchen. Grease Hero PLUS is made from recycled materials and is dishwasher safe. Learn more about Grease Hero PLUS.

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