Labor Day may have passed, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your grill away for the year.

Whether you’re having guests over or you’re enjoying the warm weather alone, it’s important to keep in mind that only certain things are safe to go down your kitchen drain.

That said, here are five things to take out of your friend’s hand before they make it to your sink during your next BBQ.

  1. Pasta. Hold off on scooping that leftover macaroni salad into your garbage disposal. The semolina content in pasta causes the noodles to swell when flushed down a drain. This can block your pipes and cause a whole slew of plumbing issues.
  2. Rice. Whether it’s dry or cooked, rice swells up when it’s sent down a kitchen sink. Like pasta, rice can cause a blockage in your pipes. Stick to throwing any leftover rice into the garbage can or look for alternatives that won’t harm your plumbing.
  3. Grease. This is especially important to remember during cookouts. The grease that’s in your bacon, meat, poultry, sausage, and gravy can build up your plumbing and cause blockage problems. This is also true of food fat from dairy products like ice cream, milk, butter, and nut butter.
  4. Fruit pits. Keep peaches and other pitted fruits away from your garbage disposal. The blades aren’t sharp enough to cut through a fruit pit, which can leave the pit to glide right into your pipes and block the way.
  5. Animal bones. Chicken wings are a favorite among family BBQs, but they’re not a plumbing favorite when it comes to your kitchen sink. Like fruit pits, garbage disposals aren’t strong enough to effectively destroy animal bones. They’ll splinter but stay whole and block your drain. Instead, place them in the compost if you have one.


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