Household Tip: Gut Instinct

If your family enjoys baking with pumpkins or carving jack-o-lanterns at this time of year, just be sure you don’t end up with a frightening plumbing bill!

Pumpkin “guts” (the pulp and seeds) are soft and mushy, making many people think it’s OK to wash them down the kitchen drain. It’s not!

Any pumpkin pulp you wash down the drain will become hard and sticky, clogging up the drain or garbage disposal, and necessitating a visit from your plumber to cut through and scrape the insides of your pipe. Instead, separate the seeds for roasting if you want, then compost the pulp or throw it in the trash if you don’t have a compost bin.