Help from homeowners and gardeners! I did something silly :/

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  1. LMichele

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    Help from homeowners and gardeners! I did something silly :/ (chia seeds down the sin

    I have gotten really into eating chia seeds for their health benefits. Yesterday I put some into my water bottle that I carry around with me throughout the day to drink. I came home late & had some water & seeds left in my water bottle. I dumped it down the trainer figuring the strainer would catch them & I could throw then away.

    The holes on the strainer were bigger than I remembered and the seeds went down the drain :( I was in a panic all night googling what could happen, and apparently they can grow!

    How can I prevent this? I'm assuming the chemicals in Drano would kill whatever seeds might still be in the drain? I was thinking of going to pick some up today.

    TIA.
     
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    They should just wash down....run some hot water with bleach through if you are worried about sprouts...you should be fine. Is your sink clogging as a result? Trust me, I've washed down food scraps bigger than chia seeds with no problem.:woot:
     
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    It's not clogging yet, but I'm worried about them growing in the drain and pipes. I was up all night googling this, apparently it can happen haha
     
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    Drano should work, but I'd seriously not worry about this.
     
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    Thanks Cza. I may buy a bottle today just as a precaution. (And next time will dump my water bottle outdoors!)
     
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    Sounds like a plan! Brings new dimension to those crazy chia pet things! Evidently those buggers can grow anywhere!
     
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    That's what I'm seeing! Although I've also read that ones for eating may be treated for longer shelf life & thus not good for sprouting. Also, I read a post somewhere that someone tried to sprout the brand I bought & it didn't work. So my fingers are crossed my mom won't have a chia per growing out of her sink!

    They're so incredibly beneficial to health, though. So I will definitely keep eating them.
     
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    Since there is no light in your pipes, the seeds won't grow.
     
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    Seeds generally don't need light to sprout...sprouts plus chia's gooey nature when moist could be enough to cause some concern....while I might not worry about one leak of seeds into a drain, its probably not great to make it a habit.
     
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    Bleach will kill the seeds and is less harsh than Draino.
     
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    I've been running hot water down the drain every so often throughout the day. No issues yet, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
     
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    I've probably thrown chia seeds down the drain every day for about 3 months - either at work or at home. I never considered that they would grow.
     

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