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Urgent warning issued to Brits who have leftover Baileys in cupboard after Christmas

Urgent warning issued to Brits who have leftover Baileys in cupboard after Christmas

The Irish cream liquor can 'wreak havoc' on your kitchen

Whether you're someone doing 'dry Jan', or someone who has opted to kick the booze altogether this year, experts have issued a warning to those who still have an open bottle of Baileys sitting in their kitchen cupboard.

This Irish cream liquor has fast-become a festive staple for many celebrators' Christmas Days, with drinkers either opting to serve it on its own with ice, or in a shot with some Kahlua/Tia Maria - otherwise known as a 'Baby Guinness'.

What many alcohol-drinkers don't realise, however - once their winter hangovers have subsided - is that Baileys only lasts for six months after opening.

So, if you purchased a bottle of this concoction of cream, cocoa and Irish whiskey in December to enjoy with your friends and family, you might want to think about how you'll get it drank by June.

Alternatively, if you're hoping to go it sober for the entirety of this year, you'll have to dispose of your liquor once it's expired,

The issue is, however, that experts are this week warning drinkers NOT to dispose of your bottle by pouring it down the drain, being that it could 'wreak havoc' on your home.

In fact, a simple mistake commonly made by Baileys lovers when disposing of their bottles has even landed some of them with a hefty bill.

Experts are warning the correct way to dispose of your expired Baileys.
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According to trade experts, pouring the rich, creamy liquid down the drain - prior to recycling the glass bottle, of course - can actually cause serious blockages within your drains.

Tradesmen at this week told the Irish Mirror: "Cream liqueur drinks, such as the popular Christmas favourite, Baileys, can be a problem for your plumbing at Christmas.

"While it may be delicious to drink, it doesn't keep for long and often ends up down the sink.

"However, this sort of beverage should never be disposed of in this way. Cream liqueurs have a large fat content and as such fall into the category of FOG (Fats, Oils, and Greases).

"FOG should never go down the sink, as it sticks to pipes and can cause blockages. It's also responsible for 'fatbergs' in our sewers."

Drinking Baileys has become a pinnacle of Christmas.
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For the same reason that you shouldn't be pouring expired Baileys down the drain following the festive season, you should also avoid doing the same when it comes to turkey fat.

If you were wondering why your drains because clogged and smelly following Christmas, and you realised you'd done this, experts say you MUST be more careful this time as these liquid harden in drains once they've cooled and can cause blockages.

They also warn that emergency callouts from plumbers are often "four times as expensive" as regular ones, with rates being even higher during and after the Christmas period.

If you do decide to throw out your already-opened Baileys, these experts recommend you seal the liquid in a container before popping it into your general waste.

The more you know, eh?

Featured Image Credit: Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images/Rimma_Bondarenko/Getty Images

Topics: Food and Drink, Life, Hacks, Christmas