2017-07-14T09:56:26+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Blog, blog-post|

From Coffee to Cooking Oil: 5 Ingredients that Always Block Sinks

Do you occasionally dispose of cooking ingredients and food waste in your kitchen sink? This common habit is something that millions of people do daily, and it could lead to serious blockages in your kitchen’s drainage system.

From cooking oil to coffee, certain substances build up inside your kitchen sink’s drain over time and make it impossible for water to drain out property. The end result is a kitchen that’s less functional and far more of a frustrating headache.

If you’re guilty of occasionally disposing of cooking ingredients and small items of food down the sinks, don’t worry; most can easily be cleaned out. In the future, try to avoid letting these five ingredients make their way down your kitchen drain.

Cooking Oils

No matter how healthy your favorite brand of olive oil might be, it’s definitely not suitable for use in your kitchen sink. Cooking oils are thick and heavy, which makes it easier for them to build up in the drain beneath your sink.

From vegetable oil to coconut oil, dispose of excess cooking oil used in your pan or deep fryer by letting cool and pouring it into a container. Dispose of it via a sealed container in your garbage bag, not down the sink.


From finely chopped opinions to small bits and pieces from beans and broccoli, it’s tempting to dispose of small pieces of the vegetables that you’ve used to prepare a meal by washing them down the kitchen drain.

Over time, these tiny pieces can get caught in the pipe beneath your sink and cause it to drain slowly. Wipe them off your chopping board and into the garbage can to avoid having to clean out the plumbing beneath your kitchen sink.

Coffee Grounds

Are you a coffee guru? Whether you like to drink filter coffee or prefer a cappuccino in the morning, preparing coffee at home means grinding beans and – once your cup of morning energy is ready – disposing of them properly.

Washing ground up coffee down the sink might seem harmless, but it can build up in very little time and block the drain. Worse yet, it smells horrible when it’s inevitably cleaned out. Let your coffee grounds cool down then put them in the garbage.

Peanut Butter

Got a knife that’s covered in peanut butter? The typical response to a messy knife is to wash it under the tap, with the peanut butter making its way down the drain. But since peanut butter is so dense and oily, this can often lead to blockages.

Before you clean a dirty knife in the kitchen sink, wipe off the peanut butter using a paper towel and throw it in the garbage. This way, only a fraction as much will make its way down the drain, preventing blockages from occurring.

Rice and Pasta

Are you preparing fried rice? How about spaghetti carbonara? If you have dried rice grains or small cuts of pasta, it can be tempting to wash them down the sink instead of picking them all up individually to throw in the garbage can.

As any chef knows, rice and pasta expand when they come into contact with liquid; often by a significant amount. This means that even a few strands of pasta or grains of rice can build up over time and swell to block your kitchen sink’s drain.