We've all been there before—it's late at night and you just finished making some dinner or even some drunk munchies if it's the weekend, and you're too lazy to clean up. Most of the time, it's not a huge deal, and you can take care of it in the morning. But what if you made something super greasy that's likely to coat and ruin the pan you used? It may prove useful to just dump it all down the drain followed by a quick rinse, but as it turns out, the damage grease does goes far beyond the human body.
According to Tech Insider the damage dumping grease down the drain can not only do some serious damage to your pipes, but the environment too, specifically to the sewer systems—"The fats in the grease get broken down over time. They become fatty acids and glycerol. The fatty acids bind with calcium in the sewers creating a soap-like compound."
They suggest that the best way to dispose of grease is as followed—" If you have leftover fat, don't dump it down the drain. Let it solidify and throw it in the trash. Soak up what's left in the pan with a paper towel. If you do get any down your drain, it's easy to remove. Just pour down a mixture of boiling water, vinegar, and baking soda. But, the less grease you let go down the drain, the better chances of sewer waste never coming out of your faucet."
I know it seems like a lot of effort, but at the end of the day, if you want to enjoy your delicious bacon guilt free, do the right thing and dispose of the grease correctly! Oh, and maybe hit the gym afterward too!