Chemical drain cleaners are very popular but they put the environment and your family at risk. If you’ve read the label of one of these cleaners, you can see why a lot people have decided on looking for alternative cleaners. These chemicals can be poisonous and corrosive. Even the fumes that they emit are dangerous enough. They can also damage the pipes,leading to more problems down the road. Cleaners that are based naturally and would not pose any threat to the health of the residents as well as the environment.
Thankfully, there are ways and means to clean you drains naturally.
To prevent clogging the drain, pour boiling water down the drain every week or two. Pour in small amounts a few minutes apart. By doing this practice, you will be keeping the drain free from grease and debris. This will also prevent such buildup to occur.
Try using a plunger instead. This has been used for a long time and has proven to be effective in most cases. Who knows, the suction created by the plunger may be just the thing you were looking for to dislodge whatever it is that is causing the blockage.
Pouring a cup of baking soda to the drain and then following it with about three cups of boiled water can be quite helpful if your drain is draining slowly. This works because the boiling waters makes the baking soda more alkaline making it more powerful to cut through the blockage.
A popular drain cleaner is the combination of baking soda and vinegar. Pour about half a cup of baking soda down the drain and then follow it up with about half a cup of white vinegar. Keep in mind though that you should only do this if you have no plans whatsoever to use the commercial chemical-based cleaners. Getting the chemicals and the solution mixed up can cause an adverse chemical reaction. The baking soda and vinegar solution is powerful enough to cut through hair, small bits of food and grease. After you have poured the vinegar, give it a helping hand by pouring a few cups of boiling water in the drain to help flush out the loosened debris and clogs. If it seems harder to unclog, it could also help if you heat the vinegar before pouring it down the drain.
For more seriously clogged drains where water will not drain at all, you can pour a cup of washing soda onto the water above the drain. Let it sit for awhile and give it time to work its way through the blockage. After you see some results, follow it up with the baking soda and white vinegar solution to help move the clog through the pipes and out of the drain system. A few things to remember though. Washing soda has a higher pH than baking soda so don’t try to overuse this method or risk damaging your PVC pipes. Also, don’t use a chemical based commercial cleaner because of the possible chemical reactions it might produce.
The best way cure clogs is to prevent clogs. Do this by regularly cleaning the drain using some of the lesser evasive but natural methods. Also try a plumber’s snake to clean the drain. If all else fails, ask for the help of a licensed plumber in your area.