22 Things To Keep Out Of Your Drains


How many things can really mess up your day like a clog in your drain, tub, or toilet? The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to keep your drains flowing freely. By avoiding putting certain items down your drain, you can nip clogs in the bud and save yourself a lot of time, money, and hassle.

22 Things To Keep Out Of Your Drains

At All American Plumbing, Heating & Air, we have seen just about everything when it comes to clogged drains. To help you avoid becoming our next call, we’ve compiled a list of 22 things you should never put down your drains.

1. Grease

2. Coffee grounds

3. Eggshells

4. Fruit pits and seeds

5. Fat

6. Baby wipes

7. Oil

8. Medications

9. Napkins and paper towels

10. Personal hygiene products

11. Makeup wipes

12. Potato peels

13. Rice

14. Pasta

15. Fibrous vegetables

16. Bones

17. Q-tips

18. Cotton balls

19. Seafood shells

20. Flushable wipes

21. Hair

22. Diapers

What Items Can I Place in My Drains?

Now you know what can’t go down your drains but you may not be sure what can. To help clear things up, here are some common items that are safe for your drains:


When it comes to your toilets, you’re safe if you stick to the “three P rule.” This rule states that the only things that should go down your toilet are pee, poop, and (toilet) paper.


Most drains can handle small amounts of water, soap, and detergent. However, you should avoid putting any grease, oil, coffee grounds, eggshells, or fruit pits down your drain as these can cause clogs.

Garbage Disposal

Liquids, non-fibrous veggies, soft foods, and small bones are all safe for your garbage disposal. However, you should avoid putting items that will expand when wet such as rice, pasta, or bread down your garbage disposal. You should also avoid putting things that will damage your garbage blades such as hard foods, glass, or metals. Items that can’t go into your drains or garbage disposal should be placed in your trash can.

If you would like to schedule a drain cleaning service or talk to a professional about your drains, contact the plumbing experts at All American Plumbing, Heating & Air. We would be happy to help you ensure that your drains are flowing freely.

Contact All American Plumbing, Heating & Air Today For All Your Drain Repairs

When in doubt, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and avoid putting anything down your drain that could potentially cause a clog. If you have any questions about what you can and cannot put down your drains, or if you need help with a clog, please contact All American Plumbing, Heating & Air at (209) 710-5629. We are here to help!

If you observe any of these, contact our friendly team as soon as you can: 

  • Drain flies
  • Drain odors
  • Bubbling or gurgling drains
  • Stagnant water in your shower or sink
  • Multiple slow or clogged drains
  • Regularly clogged or overflowing toilets
  • Water backing up your drains

Whenever you need expert drain cleaning, repair, or any other plumbing services, don’t hesitate to give us a call! All American Plumbing, Heating & Air is your number-one plumbing company in the area and we’re always here to help. Give us a call today!