Thanksgiving means good food with friends and family, and for some, a lot of time in the kitchen. And nobody will want to clean up the mess later.
But when it finally comes to cleaning, be sure to get rid of the grease to cook properly, unless you want the plumber to come.
The fat we are talking about is all the juices that are deposited at the bottom of the plate that you used to cook your turkey or ham. When cleaning the kitchen, do not clean that grease down the drain.
"That is the last place you want me to go," said Lyn Riggins, a spokesman for the Washington Water Suburban Sanitary Commission. "If you pour grease into the kitchen sink, at some point, that grease will harden in the pipes and a dam will form."
Riggins said that the accumulation of grease in the pipes can easily lead to the water returning "to your basement, and that is not something you want to deal with."
Once you get to wash the dishes, hot soapy water will easily clean your pots and pans. But it won't work for your pipes the way you might think.
"[The soap] could push it into the pipe," Riggins said. “But at some point it will harden. And if you do it again and again, at some point the fat will accumulate like a hard ball in the pipe. "
This advice applies not only to Thanksgiving, but every two days you are in the kitchen cooking bacon, tacos or anything else that leaves a pan full of fat.
"You want to take fat and you want to be able to cool it and throw it away," said Riggins. “Have a can of soup or a can of green beans on hand and pour your fat there. Put it in the fridge or freezer, let it harden and throw it away. ”
The advice applies to anyone, but if you are a WSSC Water customer, Riggins said you can connect and they will send you two free lids for your cans.
As Riggins said, "you don't want to set a place at the Thanksgiving table for the plumber."
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