Have you ever purchased a bottle of Drano and poured it down your sink to eliminate a clog, only to shudder at the thought of how many chemicals you just directly poured into your pipes? Slow-running and completely stopped-up drains are very common in households, especially those with young children, but there are quite a few natural solutions to unclog those drains without relying upon dangerous chemicals.
Why Avoid Chemical-Based Uncloggers?
First and foremost, the ingredients in these solutions are very detrimental to the environment. Some of the ingredients are downright toxic, and by pouring them down the drain you are guaranteeing that they end up in rainwater, sewage systems, and eventually rivers, oceans, and streams. When enough people use these products at a time, the chemicals contaminate our food and water supplies and place plants and wildlife in jeopardy. It’s a dangerous trend that needs to be stopped.
In addition, chemical-based solutions are harsh and acidic, meaning they pose a threat to the health of your pipes. When the liquids build up in clogged areas, they begin to corrode pipes and eventually cause a leak or collapse of the entire system.
Safer, Healthier Choices
When you have a clog, the first step is to pull out the drain stopper. This might be done easily or with the help of a pair of pliers to remove the pivot rod nut. Bend a piece of wire, like from a clothes hanger, into a tight hook and fish out the clog. Run hot water down afterward to help clear out any remaining gunk, and your water should be running and draining freely again!
Another option is to make your own non-toxic version of Drano with vinegar and baking soda. Start by pouring a boiling hot pot of water down your drain, then follow it with ½ cup of baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes. Next up is 1 cup of vinegar and another 1 cup of boiling hot water. This will create the volcano effect from your fourth grade science experiments, so keep the drain covered to concentrate the effect. Let the chemical reaction work its magic for ten minutes, then flush the entire thing with another pot of boiling water. You won’t be disappointed by the results.