5 Quick And Healthy Methods To Unclog A Drain Without Harsh Chemicals
A typical home has so many cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals that we usually overlook.
But it doesn't have to be that way.
Out of all of the cleaners you have under your sink, drain cleaners typically contain the strongest chemicals. Some of the ingredients in them, such as lye, can burn your skin just by touching it.
Some of these chemicals are so powerful that they can also cause damage to the pipes they are supposed to clean.
If you would like a solution that is a little more natural, you're in luck. There are a number of ways that are effective yet still eco-friendly that can unclog your pipes.
1. Vinegar and Baking Soda
There are some that dispute how effective this trick is, but it does work great for cleaning the gunk from the drain and clearing any small clogs.
Start by pouring 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar into the drain. Then pour up to four cups of boiling water into the drain.
The baking soda and vinegar will break down the grease and gunk and the water will flush any leftover particles down the drain.
2. Salt, then Water
If your bathroom sink begins to drain not so efficiently, grease and soap could be starting to build up in the drain and pipes.
Just like you would with the first way, pour 1/2 cup of any type of salt into the drain, then flush it with boiling water.
The salt is gritty, so it will act as a scrubber and will scrape the soap, grease, and any hair off of the pipes.
3. Dishwashing Detergent
Just give this some thought: this detergent has been designed to be gentle for your skin but tough on grease. Makes perfect sense to use it to clean your pipes.
Pour a little detergent into the drain, giving it just a little time before flushing it with hot water. The detergent will quickly clear away grease and grime leaving your pipes flowing clear.
4. Be Physical
Install a screen or drain basket on the top of your drain in order to prevent your pipes from becoming clogged.
There are times that elbow grease is the only way to clear a blocked drain. You will just want to work smarter, not harder. If a clog does occur, you can use a plumber's snake or a plunger to clear the drain. Keep a separate plunger for clearing drains and one for the toilet.
If the clog is extremely stubborn, then a wet-dry vacuum has the suction power to help clear it.
In the event that you have had to use these tools and are not successful at removing the clog, you may need to replace the pipes, so it is best to contact a plumber.
5. Live Enzymes
In order to be completely eco-friendly, you can find some cleaning products that include live enzymes that will eat up any clogs.
Similar to dish soap, this type of product will dissolve any hair or grease that is clogging your pipes.
Go to your local hardware store and look for this type of cleaner, brands include Earth Enzymes and Biokleen.
Give this a chance to soak in and let your loved ones know about this life hack!