While pouring hot grease down the drain might seem like the easiest thing to do, especially while cooking, it’s not. Saving a few minutes in the short term, may end up costing you in the long run.
While grease is liquid when hot, it gets significantly more solid once it cools off. Then once it’s solid it can coat the edges of your pipes and cause clogs. The solidified grease can also make it a lot easier to trap other things in the drain and make clogs even worse.
Now we’ve told you why it’s a bad idea to pour grease down the drain, but not how you should handle it instead.
A lot of meals end up producing a lot of extra oils that are confusing to deal with, whether you’re cooking bacon which produces grease that is solid at room temperature or with vegetable or olive oil that are liquid at room temperature, none of them are good for your pipes. Although neither of them should be put down the drain, they need to be disposed of differently.
If the grease is still hot it can be transferred into a heat safe jar or container until it has solidified and then you can be free to clean the pan that the grease was on. Then when the grease has solidified you can remove it and place it in the trash. If you don’t need the pan immediately cleaned, you can also leave the grease in the pan until it has solidified and then scrape it out using a paper towel.
For cooking oils, you should allow them to completely cool off and then soak up the majority of the oil with a few paper towels and then place the paper towels in the garbage. This is not the best method for large quantities of oil. If you’re using the oil to fry then you can reuse the oil multiple times after cleaning it and then once you’re ready to dispose of it you can throw away whole jugs of oil.