Recently my wife saw me putting coffee grounds from a self serve k cup into the sink and asked me "what the heck are you doing?"

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My response of "What does it look like I'm doing" didn't go over so well.

After she calmed down she explained to me that you can't put coffee grounds down a sink because it could mess up the plumbing.

instead of accepting that she was right I went on a mission to prove that she was wrong and searched the interwebs for proof I was right.

Turns out I was wrong, but the silver lining is that I found other things you should never put down your sink and have shared them with you so you don't find yourself on the losing side of an argument, and hopefully can avoid having to call a plumber in the future.

Here Are 10 Things You Should Never Put Down A Sink

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG)

Pouring fats, oils, and grease down the sink can clog pipes over time as they solidify and stick to the walls.

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Wipe out greasy pans with a paper towel before washing.

Food Scraps

Food scraps like vegetable peels can accumulate and block drains.

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Scrape plates into the trash or compost bin before rinsing.

Harsh Chemicals

Drain cleaners, paint thinners, and other harsh chemicals can corrode pipes and contaminate water supplies.

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Use safer, enzyme-based drain cleaners instead.

Medications

Flushing old or expired medications down the sink can pollute water sources.

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Take them to a drug take-back program for proper disposal.

Flushable Wipes

Despite the name, "flushable" wipes don't break down easily and can clog pipes and sewers.

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Throw them in the trash instead of flushing.

Hair

Hair can tangle and catch other debris, leading to clogs over time.

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Use a drain catch or brush loose hair from the sink before rinsing.

Egg Shells

The membranes from eggshells can wrap around pipes and catch debris, causing blockages.

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Compost eggshells or throw them in the trash.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds can accumulate and harden in pipes, restricting water flow.

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Throw them in the trash or compost them.

Starchy Foods

Starchy foods like rice, pasta, and potatoes can swell up and clog drains when rinsed down the sink.

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Scrape plates into the trash first.

Grease and Fat Trimmings

Trimmings from meat and other fatty foods can solidify in pipes just like liquid fats and oils.

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Dispose of them in the trash.

If you knew all of these then give yourself a pat on the back, and if you didn't hopefully this newly acquired knowledge will save you a headache in the future.

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