12 Things You should NEVER EVER Pour down the Drain

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You might think it's convenient to rinse some foods and items down with water and flush them down the drain. But you may be setting yourself up for future problems or harming the environment. That is why you want to take a look at the full list of things you should never pour down the drain. The following are just some fo the things you should never pour down the drain, and use the trash or compost instead.

1. Medication. If you flush away your unused or expired medication or crush them up and pour them down the drain, those chemicals will later be leaked back into your drinking water and the environment. That is why it's important always to make sure to dispose of unwanted medications at your local pharmacy, who have access to medical waste disposal units. This is just one way to help the environment and the water you drink.

2. Produce stickers. Many times people wash their fruit and vegetables and forget to take the sticker off. The stickers then fall in the sink and you eventually just let it go down the drain. Peel those stickers off before you wash your fruit and vegetables and dispose of them properly. Those little stickers don’t dissolve in water and can further clog your pipes and block screens and filters or pumps at the water treatment plant.

3. Coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are something that can build up in your pipes and cause blockage. Plumbers say that coffee grounds are the most common cause of drain problems. You should always dispose of your coffee grounds in your trashcan or use them for composting. And make sure not to forget the coffee grounds at the bottom of your coffee mug.

4. Products that claim to be flushable. Products claiming to be flushable to include some brands of cat litter and wipes still create a high risk of clogged drains. Cat litter is still highly absorbent after you flush it down the drain and toxins from cat feces may get leaked into the ocean and harm marine life. Flushable wipes are items that also don’t break down properly and often get caught on other things creating large clots in pipes.

5. Expandable food. It okay to let some food on your plate run down the drain, but a lot of food expands when mixed with water and can lead to future blocks. Pasta and rice are two foods that expand that you will want to watch out for.

6. Paper Products. The only paper product that should go down your pipes and drain is toilet paper. Toilet paper has been specially designed to break down and disintegrate in water. Always dispose of other paper products such as cotton balls, paper towels, and feminine hygiene products in the trash can. These items are extremely absorbent and will easily clog your pipes.

7. Flour. Flour is a food item that coagulates when mixed with water. This mixture can clog your pipes by coating the edges of the pipes and catching other bits of disposables trying to make their way down. Always throw away your flour, whether mixed with water or not, into the garbage.

8. Eggshells. You might think that a crushed up eggshells are something that will easily go down the drain, but they can actually cause blockage. The sharp, hard edges of the eggshell will collect other things coming down your pipes and drain and eventually cause a clog. You will find these useful tips for life on the Reader's Digest site. On the site, you will find useful tips for life, ways to help the environment, ways to save our earth, recipes, home and garden, health and more. **

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