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Content warning: some period talk.

The first couple of years, at least, after I started using sanitary pads, which I had to discover on my own because neither granny nor my mother used them, I threw them down the toilet. I was not so much embarrassed by the idea of stuffing them in the trash (you can always push the bundle to the bottom of the trash bucket and out of sight after all) as I was grossed out by the whole messy period thing and wanted to get rid of them as soon as possible. It never even occurred to me that they could stop the toilet, and nor did I stop to think of what was going to happen to them afterward.

I have been throwing them in the trash for most of my life now, but I still fear to imagine what happens to them and everything else we throw away, even if it is not down the drain, where their rotting remains mix with fat, cleaning substances and other trash and create monstrous deposits, which can clog the sewers and have recently gotten their own brand new name, fatbergs (fat + (ice)berg).

I have no idea how to dispose of "cooked out" oil and other liquids if not down the drain though. What do you do with them?


Ниже упоминаются месячные.

Первые пару лет после того, как я начала пользоваться прокладками (а открывать для себя их мне пришлось самостоятельно, потому что и бабушка, и мама обходились подручными средствами), я спускала их в туалет. Не потому даже, что стеснялась выкинуть в помойное ведро (всегда же можно засунуть этот рулончик на дно, с глаз долой), а потому что мне было противно, и от месячных, и от прокладок, от которых хотелось избавиться как можно быстрее. Мне тогда даже в голову не приходило, что туалет может засориться, а уж о том, что с ними дальше произойдет, я и вовсе не задумывалась.

Большую часть своей жизни, естественно, я их бросаю в мусор, но всё равно с ужасом думаю о том, что происходит и с ними и с остальными отходами, даже не попавшими в канализацию. В канализации-то как раз известно, что может произойти - из разлагающейся смеси спущенных туда жиров, подгузников и прочих бытовых расходов образуются жировые пробки (осторожно, зрелище отвратительное), для которых даже недавно придумали новое слово - fatberg (fat + (ice)berg), и пробки эти потом никаким долотом не побьёшь.

Но вот куда девать остатки масла со сковородки и прочий жидкий мусор, если не в канализацию, я понятия не имею. А вы что с ним делаете?


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Feb. 23rd, 2019 10:06 pm (UTC)
What we do with the cooked oil is keep a jar by the stove, and dump the contents of the oil in there after every use. Justin insists on this because he says oil is bad for the drain. When the jar becomes full, we close it and toss it into the garbage can. We use pickle jars mostly. But any glass jar will do.
Feb. 23rd, 2019 10:21 pm (UTC)
Justin is right. :)

We put it down the drain because it is kind of gross if it leaks in the garbage and there is the illusion that water will clean it. But it turns out it is a mistake.

Thank you!
Feb. 25th, 2019 02:20 am (UTC)
Bacon fat I save in a jar to actually reuse in cooking if I want to impart a bacony flavor. If I were to decide not to keep it anymore, I would put into a can, let it solidify, and throw it in the trash. Occasionally I will pour out other solid types of fat into the garden. Candle wax comes to mind. It could, of course, also get poured into a can and thrown in the trash, but the only time I generate liquid candle wax is when I pour boiling water over solidified wax that has dripped down a candlestick holder. This is most practically done over dirt.

Liquid oil, such as corn oil, I do pour down the drain, as I am not concerned with it congealing on the sides of the pipes.
Feb. 26th, 2019 06:44 am (UTC)
Thank you.

We don't have a garden, but I will think how we could to better with oils and fats.
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