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Coffee Grounds Down The Sink or Disposal: Good or Bad?

Have you ever wondered if it’s okay to put coffee grounds down the sink? On the one hand, coffee grounds are biodegradable and provide helpful nutrients for plants. On the other hand, they may clog up your pipes and cause major plumbing issues. Nothing causes more blockages and clogged drains than coffee grounds and grease. Even if you don’t put them down the drain at the same time, they will meet up and form a sludge impenetrable disaster.

A strong pot of coffee may be the lifeblood of many individuals, but those grounds should never make their way down your sink. While some technicians provide reassurance that enough water can properly flush them from house piping systems, it requires a significant amount to achieve this result - and unless you're consuming mass quantities of H2O for rinsing purposes, ditching these bits could cost later on. Be sure to save up just in case: It's better safe than sorry!


Fertilizing gardens with coffee grounds is a great eco-friendly solution to nourishing plants. Not only are they mineral rich, but also an effective absorber of soil contaminants like heavy metals. Moreover, their attraction for worms greatly increases garden fertility and vitality! Coffee grounds can be used as fertilizer by sprinkling them around the desired area or composted over time for later use - plus, its properties extend far beyond that: it's even suitable as an insect repellent when placed in bowls outside your house; not forgetting about fleas found on pets which can easily be removed using this natural remedy via shampooing then rubbing into fur before rinsing off and drying. Like baking soda, used coffee grounds can eliminate odors. You can place them in a bowl in the fridge and let them do the work! You can even use the coffee grounds as an exfoliant ( just a pinch won’t clogs the pipes) on your face, or your hands. ( It will also scrub away hard to get rid of smells on your hands, and fluids from mechanical work)

A few other items that should never be flushed down the drain are; fat from meat or lard, any oils, margarine, butter, shortening, sauces and egg shells.

In conclusion, it’s important to be mindful when disposing of used coffee grounds at home. While they are biodegradable and provide beneficial nutrients for plants, they can also cause serious plumbing issues if not handled properly. The best solution is usually to add them to a compost pile outside or place them in your kitchen garbage bin. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that you get rid of used coffee grounds responsibly!

If you do end up with a clogged drain or any plumbing problems, give Brother Plumber a call at 469.968.4487, or visit us at

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