Can I Pour Coffee Grounds Down the Sink?

Can I Pour Coffee Grounds Down the Sink?
A question that we frequently get asked at Anacortes Plumbing is if coffee grounds can be poured down the drain. There is actually quite a bit of talk on the internet about people magically fixing the nasty smells in their sinks just from putting their coffee grounds down the sink. It makes sense, right? I mean, who doesn’t like the smell of fresh coffee? There are even people stating that the coffee grounds actually clean out blockages in their drain too! Do these claims hold any weight? Well, as always, we are going to give you the cold, hard truth...and the short answer is a resounding no
As one of the top plumbing companies in the Anacortes area, we can definitely say that a substantial amount of the sinks we have to unclog could easily be clogged due to coffee grounds being poured down them. In fact, we can confidently say that coffee grounds are probably one of the worst things that you can pour down the sink! Let’s dive deeper into why this is a problem and what you can do to help your garbage disposal instead!



Why You Shouldn’t Pour Coffee Grounds Down Your Sink

Coffee grounds have a tendency to clump up in bigger clusters, especially after they’ve been put down the drain. Over time, this can cause extreme clogs in the drain. Yes, you might smell that fresh coffee ground scent coming up from your sink, but, unfortunately, pouring coffee grounds down your sink will cause much more harm than it does good.
Also, a mistake that quite a few people make is assuming that a garbage disposal will automatically dispose of anything that gets put into it. Ideally, a garbage disposal should just be for the smaller bit and pieces of food that happen to come off of someone’s plate. Coffee grounds and larger pieces of food (oatmeal, rice, pasta, etc.) should never be intentionally thrown down the drain.


What You Should Do With Coffee Grounds Instead

There are quite a few other uses for those leftover coffee grounds! Here are just a few that we can think of off the top of our heads:
  • Utilize them as a fertilizer in your garden.
  • Use as an odor remover for areas other than your sink; in fact, coffee grounds are perfect for eliminating odors for basically anything. They can be used in your fridge, closet, car, etc.
  • They are also great at repelling insects
  • Feeling like your skin could use some rejuvenation? Use them in a facial mask. If you mix the grounds with coconut oil, they work great for eliminating dead skin cells on the face and body.


What To Do If You’ve Already Poured Coffee Grounds Down The Sink

Now, you may be reading this and thinking “Okay, this is all good and well, but I’ve been pouring my coffee grounds down the sink for the past few months! What am I supposed to do?!” No need to worry, though. There’s a couple quick little treatments that you can give your sink, depending on the severity of the blockage.
  • Dish Soap and Hot Water. If you haven’t been pouring the grounds down your sink too frequently, pouring some hot water and degreasing dishwashing liquid down the sink for about a minute should be sufficient.  
  • Plunging. If the blockage is more serious, a plunger will definitely be needed to give a little extra push. 
  • Call A Professional. If you’ve tried some DIY plumbing procedures on your blockage or you don’t feel confident in your plumbing skills, it would definitely be in your best interest to call a professional plumbing company. As one of the top plumbing businesses in the Anacortes area, we are looking to help you identify the source of your plumbing problems and effectively fix them for you. Call us at (360) 299-3205 for any emergencies, or email us at office@anacortesplumbers.com!