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Cooking grease

When you’re done cooking up a skillet of bacon, don’t throw the grease down the drain, garbage disposal or toilet. Fats can clog pipes and lead to plumbing backups. Pour hot beef, chicken or pork grease into an old coffee can or other sealable container, then cool or freeze until it’s solid. Vegetable oils won’t harden like other fats will, so put them in a container and add coffee grounds or kitty litter to sop up the oil, then put a lid on it. You can throw these containers into a covered household trashcan, Holtzman says.

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