6 Things You Should Never Wash Down The Sink

Josephine Thompson

Journalist

So we're all familiar with the phrase "down the drain." And outside of the stuff that falls out our crotches and backsides, most stuff that does down the drain does through your kitchen sink. And kitchens are these places of industry where a lot of debris, detritus and trash is generated. However, not all of it – probably not even the most of it – should go down the sink. If something bad goes down the drain, it clogs, and when it clogs, nobody is happy. Here is a list of several things that you should NOT be washing down the sink.

1

Celery

Celery so fibrous that if you have a waste disposal unit, then the fibers are likely to tangle the blades and clog the sink. Same goes for asparagus and corn husks – just throw them in the trash.

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2

Oil

Oils, fats and grease love to congeal in the pipes and become what maintenance workers call "fatbergs." A 10 ton monstrosity of a fatberg was discovered in London in 2013.

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3

Coffee grounds

Coffee grounds will lead to a sludgy blockage in your drain. And they will build up over time!

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4

Pasta

Errant bits of pasta should be thrown away, as they can swell in your pipes and cause a clogging.

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5

Potato peels

Potato peels, beans and other starchy vegetables can cause a mess and clog your pipes easily.

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6

Bones

Bones will eventually get stuck somewhere down the drain, even if you have a waste disposal unit. And even then, they can easily damage the blades.

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