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3 Ways to Discard Used Cooking Oil

3 Ways to Discard Used Cooking Oil

You probably know that cooking oil doesn’t belong in the drain. Even the little amounts of oil that ends up in the sink after washing an oily dish can lead to problems. Eventually, built-up oil can clog the pipes, leading to possibly unsafe conditions and a costly fix. Composting oil isn’t the best idea either, because it can throw off the moisture and attract pests.

But what do you do with it? Luckily, there are several options out there:

1. Reuse It. As long as the oil isn’t rancid, you can certainly reuse it a few times. After the oil cools, use a fat skimmer to discard any food bits floating in it. Strain it through a fine-meshed sieve or a coffee filter into a lidded container, cover, and store in a cool, dry place. Reuse as long as the oil doesn’t smell rancid or looks foamy.
2. Recycle It. Many municipalities offer free cooking oil recycling programs.
3. Toss It. Some things just can’t be recycled. If all else fails, the absolute best way to get rid of oil is to let it cool, pour it in a sealable container, and throw it in the trash.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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9:30AM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

It is research time for making soap from vegetable oil. I sure hope it's easy to do.

10:24AM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

Live long & prosper!

8:27PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

thanks!

10:49PM PST on Mar 3, 2014

I put what little I use in a sealed container and put in my wet trash

10:02PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Thank You

1:37AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

I live in Spain, and traditionally many people recycles cooking oil by making soap out of it. The recipe is very simple - used cooking oil, caustic soda, and water (you can also add essential oils). The soap made this way is good and safe both for personal as for domestic hygiene. In other words, you can wash your hands, face, dog, clothes, floors, whatever.
I have often made soap this way, and the only con is the danger of caustic soda prior mixing with the water and oil. You need to wear protection on hands and face, keep children and pets away, and make the mixing outside whenever possible.
Very recently - actually, last week - I heard about a new device that makes all the process automatically. Basically, it's like a bread machine which makes soap instead: you put the three ingredients, close the lid, and the machine makes the soap without the hazard of touching the soda. It's still being worked on, but if it finally gets to the market, and it's affordable, I'll get one for sure.

2:25AM PST on Feb 8, 2014

Thank you :)

11:54AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

As far as I am aware there are no facilities for recycling cooking oil where I live; they is a place to take used car oil but I think that is all that is accepted.

6:43AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

My used veggie oil goes into a veggie diesel car that a friend built.

3:21PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Hmmmmm

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