Most of us cook using some kind of grease. It is an important part of the process when frying things, but there is a problem with grease, and not just to your health. If you pour grease down your drain, you run the risk of having your pipes clog up with the congealed fat. This is a common mistake that people do, since the grease seems to be very runny when it comes right out of the frying pan, but what happens is that the cold water causes the grease to congeal very quickly. Even if you don’t have an instant disaster on your hands, this can also build up over time, eventually creating a water-repellant clog that will be hard to dislodge.

Next time you cook with grease, you want to collect the grease in a container or let it congeal in the frying pan. This way you can safely dispose of it in your trash.