Remove Grease from Your Drain with Salt

by Amy Gordon
(last updated December 17, 2018)

Salt is one of the most important minerals in history. The preservative qualities it had as a food additive made it a foundation of early civilization. Even now with more advanced preservation methods, we rely on salt to freshen up food and make it taste great. Salt, however, can be used as more than a preservative and a food additive. Salt can also be a great addition to your cleaning routine.

The kitchen sink is used for all parts of cooking, including cleaning up food after meals. Often times this cleaning includes washing grease and greasy foods down the drain. Although the disposal will make many of the chunks go down more easily, gunk will still get gummed up in the sink's drain. This can often lead to clogs and unpleasant smells that just cannot be erased.

Grease can clog up your drain because it doesn't wash away with water. The clogs can build up very quickly if you try to wash the grease down with cold water. Why? Because the cold water makes the grease congeal and harden. Even if you use hot water, the clog may still form because your pipes may be cold.

To clean up the drain, simply take a cup of water and mix in salt. Make sure the cup is salty enough that the water is visibly cloudy with salt. Pour the mixture down the drain and allow it to sit for ten to fifteen minutes. After the salt has settled, thoroughly rinse it all down. The salty water should loosen the gunk up enough to flush everything down the drain, leaving the sink clean and fresh.

This technique does not need to be limited to just your kitchen sink. Use the same technique in any of the sinks in your home. Although the other sinks in your home are not usually bombarded with the same array of greasy food items, it is still a good idea to clean the drains out this way every now and then.

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Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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