One of the most common things people put down their kitchen drain is coffee grounds. Did you know that coffee grounds can clog the sink and cause damage over time? Most people are not aware of this. Take a look at our guide for how to dispose of coffee grounds safely and efficiently instead of putting them down the sink.
While it is true that coffee grounds have a deodorizing quality, it is not recommended that you use this method to clean your sink drain. A large number of coffee grounds in the drain at one time may cause it to clog. There are many safer alternatives to clean your drains, such as using baking soda and vinegar, lemon peels, or soap and water.
Why Coffee Grounds Cannot Go Down the Sink
We recommend you never put coffee grounds in your kitchen sink. There are many disadvantages to this. You should always dispose of or reuse coffee grounds using other methods.
The number one reason you should not put coffee grounds in your sink is that it can cause it to clog. Coffee grounds tend to stick together when they get wet. If you throw a large amount down the drain, the moisture can cause them to stick together and create a blockage.
Coffee grounds can also cause your sink drain to become damaged over time since they do not break down in water. They will remain in the drain for some time, especially at the U-bend in the pipe. They can become tightly packed and cause damage to the plumbing pipes. It can create weak areas if they stay there for a long time. We recommend using alternative methods to clean your sink drain.
Alternative Ways to Dispose of Coffee Grounds
How to Remove Sink Clogs Caused By Coffee Grounds
People Also Ask (FAQs)
Can you put coffee grounds down the sink with a septic tank?
You should not put coffee grounds down the kitchen sink if your home has a septic tank. The coffee grounds will not dissolve in the septic tank, which can cause problems later.
Is it okay to flush coffee grounds down the toilet?
For the same reasons you should not put coffee grounds in the sink, you should also not flush them down the toilet. They can cause damage and clogs within your plumbing system.
When should I call a plumber to fix sink clogs caused by coffee grounds?
We recommend calling a plumber if you think you might have a severely clogged drain. Try the methods we mentioned above before calling a plumber. If you still have a clog or the sink is draining slowly, then call in a professional plumber.
In this guide, we have cleared up one of the common myths about coffee grounds and your kitchen sink. The final verdict is never to put coffee grounds down your sink drain. It can cause clogs and pipe damage. Follow our tips above to dispose of coffee grounds in eco-friendly ways.
Caitlin Shaffer has been traveling & working as a content writer & SCUBA dive instructor since 2014. Having lived in Central & South America, Southeast Asia, India, & Australia, Caitlin has had many years of experience with a variety of kitchen, bathroom, plumbing systems & common household products. Other than writing about her plumbing experiences & knowledge, her main passions are yoga, ocean conservation, & sustainable development.