Saturday, August 8, 2015

Unclog your Drain without Toxic Products

Have you ever had to deal with a slow draining sink or tub?  Of course - we all have!  Just recently, I did too and I searched for how I could combat this problem naturally.
And just in case you're teetering on the idea of just running out and buying a bottle of commercial drain cleaner, let me tell you just why you shouldn't.

1. The cost.  A one-time use bottle of Drano will cost you about $4.00 compared to less than $0.50 for the method below.

2. Bombs!  Did you know you can make bombs out of Drano?  Yep, just one of the scary things I ran across on Google while doing this research!

3. They are made to brutally dissolve organic compounds which typically clog drains such as hair, grease and soap. But if they can do that to them, just think what they can do to your flesh, or interior organs if, God forbid, they are accidentally ingested?

4. They can damage your pipes.  Drano is made from chemicals like Lye and sodium hydroxide known for its corrosive abilities.  Just think about what havoc that can eventually wreak on your pipes!  That's right, ironically, it can lead to worse plumbing issues than those it was meant to solve.

5. Poisoning our Environment.  Commercial drain cleaners are detrimental to both residential and water environments.  Liquid waste that has high levels of such toxins can make its way into the sewage system and out to rivers, streams, and the ocean, and take its toll on plants and wildlife, possibly even contaminating food and water supplies.  And as we all know, what with all the regular oil spills and pesticides leeching into groundwater, our water systems certainly don't need our direct help with becoming more contaminated!

6. Highly Dangerous to children and pets. You wouldn't be here if you didn't care a great deal about your family- human and furry alike-  so 'nuff said!

Super Simple Drain Cleaner


1. Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.
2. Dump in ½ cup of baking soda and let sit a few minutes.
3. Pour a mix of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup very hot water down drain on top of baking soda.
4. It will fizzle.  Cover with drain plug for 5-10 minutes.
5. Flush with another pot of boiling water.
6. Repeat if necessary.

Just let me say that this method works best if the problem hasn't been allowed to get too far gone.  If it is a massive clump of hair clogging up the drain, it will most likely still need to be dug out.  If you make it a habit to use this method monthly or so as a preventative measure, then you should never deal with a slow draining pipes again, so long as it isn't due to your child's just too small bath toy blocking the pipe!

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