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3 Helpful Tips for Cooking Oil Issues

1. A pizza box can be as big as a card table, yet all that cardboard is denied by your recycling facility. What gives? Well, it’s science actually. The process used to recycle paper goods involves water – which doesn’t mix with oil. An estimated $700 million, industry-wide, per year is spent resolving issues from grease and oil contamination. The biggest culprit is oil damaging the machines used in the recycling process. And it’s not just pizza boxes. It’s other things like napkins used to clean rib grease off your fingers. Yikes! Anything paper that has absorbed cooking oil or food grease needs to go in the trash – sorry it’s just that way. But here’s what you can do: 1. Carefully inspect your pizza box or whatever has come in contact with oil and grease. Cut out only the contaminated area. The rest of the clean cardboard can be recycled – it’s not damned by association – just absorption. 2. Use alternative materials such as cloth napkins or dish towels instead of napkins and paper towels for grease clean-up. And if you’re worried about ruining those items, check out my next tip.

2. If peanut butter or salad dressing or fried food ever dripped onto clothes worn by my family, I would have a conniption. Seriously, it was not pretty. I knew that the clothing was ruined. I’d pre-treat, scrub and wash, but I knew when it came out of the dryer there would be a spot, just slightly darker than the rest of the garment. What a waste! Until my friend told me about Lestoil. I bought a bottle for around $3, and it has literally saved me from laundry stress. I am a whole new, calm mom. Here’s how to get successful results: lightly brush a dab or two into the stained area and let it sit for a couple minutes before washing. You cannot treat it at the moment you’re tossing it into the machine nor can you treat it hours ahead of time. Really, like five minutes and you’re set for the oil stain’s total destruction.

3. What you you do with your cooking oil drippings? Do you flush them down the toilet or wash them down the drain with super scalding water. Hopefully not; it’s very bad for your plumbing and for water treatment facilities. Here’s what you can do: 1. Save them up in a jar or would-be recycled bottle. Then donate them to a recycling facility for oil. They will convert your cooking oil to bio-fuel. Pretty awesome alternative. 2. If that is too much of a hassle, your oil drippings can be used as weed killer. Yes, instead of buying chemicals at your favorite lawn and garden center, you can poor it on the weeds growing in the cracks in your side walk. Keep in mind, it also kills grass so be selective about where you use it.

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

2 Responses to 3 Helpful Tips for Cooking Oil Issues

  1. Lora bell September 24, 2012 at 9:59 am #

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