How to unclog and clean drains without harmful chemicals

by thomas on August 29, 2009 (Feature image by mobilestreetlife)

Drain with water

Many commercial drain cleaners are quite unpleasant substances.

Their causticity will easily damage PVC pipes, and might cause chemical burns, scarring and blindness to you and your loved ones. They’re also harmful to organisms that come in contact with your wastewater.

Luckily, there are cheap alternatives that are just as effective at unclogging and cleaning drains – without the unpleasant side effects.

If your drain still lets a reasonable amount of water through, pour 1 cup (slightly less than 2.5 dl) of baking soda down the drain. Follow this by 3 cups (a bit more than 7 dl) of boiling water.

If your drain is completely clogged, washing soda is your friend.

Washing soda is the stronger brother of baking soda. While it releases no harmful fumes and is a lot safer than commercial drain cleaners, you should still be careful and wear gloves when handling it. Also, don’t use it on aluminum surfaces.

To use it for unclogging drains, pour about 1 cup of it into the water around the drain. Make sure you pour it as close to the drain as possible. If there’s a lot of backed up water in your sink, you might have to use more than 1 cup.

Within a minute, water should start flowing through the drain again.

To keep drains clean and prevent them from clogging up at all, pour 1 cup of washing soda down them every week or so.

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