Eco-friendly home: how to safely dispose of cooking oil

You may be surprised to learn that oil is a polluting product. After all, it's something you use in food. You would normally think that it is a natural product that does not cause any harm.

Oil is a product that we find in all kitchens. But this kitchen staple is highly contaminating once we have used it. To avoid contaminating the water or our garbage with used oil we can do something.

The first thing you should know is that you should never pour the oil down the drain.

When you do this you are causing hygiene problems and pollution, with harmful effects on our environment.

What to do with used cooking oil?

Effects that oil can cause

It is a natural product that you can consume. But we all know that water does not mix with oil. When you pour it down the drain and it reaches the seas and rivers, it stays on the surface.

Therefore, the water does not oxygenate properly and this, unfortunately, affects the aquatic flora and fauna. 

If the oil falls on land, it ends up turning it into barren land. It prevents the oxygenation and circulation of the water, so no kind of plant could grow in it. The oil also becomes a sticky substance that can clog your pipes.

What to do with used cooking oil?

What to do with the used oil?

Use it to cook again

Strain oil. A simple way to not have to pour the oil down the drain. Once you're done frying, let the oil cool. Strain it into a container and save it to use the next time you need to fry something.

Depending on the type of oil, you can reuse it a certain number of times 

But you have to be very careful because it can cause health problems if not done correctly. We can reuse it as long as the oil has not gone past the smoke point.

Virgin olive oil is by far the oil that resists most use (approximately 4 times). The rest of the oils should not be used more than twice.

Virgin olive oil is by far the oil that resists most use

Solidify the oil

In some supermarkets, you can buy a product that when mixed with oil turns it into a solid product. This way you can dispose of the product without causing any damage to the environment. Or better, you can store it more safely so that you can recycle it or reuse it later. Several brands market this product, Sole Frito, Solidoil, or Solid-i-fries.

Recycle it at a recycling station

You can also store the oil in a container every time you use it for cooking. Once you have a considerable amount, take it to a recycling point. Look on the Internet for the nearest clean point to your location.

How to recycle used oil at home

There are other options that allow you to give the oil other uses. These are ways to make the most of this product, taking care of the ecosystem.

Making soap

A wonderful way to reuse oil. You can make fragrant soap for the bath or washing clothes. Mixing oil with a little caustic soda and some essence you can get a natural soap.

You also have commercial products that turn used oil into washing machine soap. The benefits of making homemade soap are many and varied.

Making soap with used cooking oil

Making biofuel

Apart from making soap, you can also contact a biofuel company. These usually collect the oil to transform it into fuel that is useful for transport.

Making candles

Mix used oil with a few drops of homemade essential oil. Add it to the mixture with which you prepare your candles. You will get deliciously scented candles and you will have recycled the oil.

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Victoria Thais

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