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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2008

    Default Re: cooking oil down the drain?

    Marjorie's right about the baking soda and vinegar. Pour about a 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, then give it a 1/2 cup chaser of vinegar. The resulting chemical reaction breaks fatty acids down into soap and glycerin, which is fantastic because it gives your pipes that eighteenth-century-homemade-soap freshness while it washes the clog down the drain. That being said---let's just not pour grease down the drain kids. It's better for everyone.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Default Re: cooking oil down the drain?

    NEVER pour oil or grease down a drain! I work for a city in the wastewater department. If you do this frequently enough, the oil and grease can clog the drains in your house causing a sewer backup or overflow. The oil and grease that doesn't start to coat your home's plumbing gets to the city sewer, and all the oil, grease, and grease containing food residents put down the drain clog up the city sewers over time. Large cities spend millions of dollars every year for jet crews to routinely clean out the city lines. If they didn't do this, you'd get backups into your homes and raw sewage overflows onto the streets. Residents are the worst source of this problem, even worse than restaurants. That's because we can't regulate residents.

    If you do an internet search on "garbage disposal ban," you'll find articles about city's banning the installation of garbage disposals. This is because residents put everything in their garbage disposals, much of which contains fats, oils, and grease. In order to save money on sewer line maintenance and prevent sewer overflows, they ban the disposals.

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