How to Clean Drains Without Using Chemicals

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Are you fond of using chemical-based cleaners for your drains? If so, then you should be wary of its side effects. Breathing the chemicals fumes can harm your lungs. Skin irritation and allergies are also prevalent if you’re exposed to these drain cleaners. Drain pipes also become more prone to corrosion if it’s applied with corrosive substances.

You shouldn’t depend on chemical cleaners when cleaning your drains. There are plenty of methods that will help maintain your drains. Learn more about these methods with the help of this article.


Homemade solutions for maintenance and cleaning

You can create your own drain cleaner in your home. This solution is safe and won’t damage the pipe lining of your drains. The mixture is also cheap since it’s made from common household items and condiments. Here’s what you need:

Baking Soda=¼ or ½ cup

White Vinegar=½ to 1 cup

Boiling water= around 8 to 16 cups

There are two ways you can apply this mixture. You can combine the baking soda and white vinegar immediately or pour them one-at-a-time. Just a heads up when you’re mixing the two ingredients; it will cause a chemical reaction in which the solution will bubble. Don’t panic since this is natural.

Make sure that when the solution fizzles; it’s already inside the drains. Cover the drain so that the solution won’t overflow. Let it sit for around 15 to 30 minutes. Boil hot water while you’re waiting for the mixture to take effect. After the designated time, pour the boiling water slowly into the drain. Don’t splash the water since it might come into direct contact to your skin — scalding it. You may need to repeat the whole procedure for around two to three times for the best output.

Use a plunger    

The baking soda and vinegar mixture is good for minor clogs and general drain maintenance; however, it won’t take effect against major clogs. You should use a plunger for heavier clogs. Be sure you’re using the right plunger according to what drain you’re unclogging. You’ll be able to effectively remove the clogs if you use the suitable plunger. You see, plungers are specifically modelled according to its specific use. Toilet plungers have curved shaped bells for the curved drains in the toilet. A standard plunger has a flat head for the flat surface of standard sink drains. You’re going to have a difficult time gaining the proper suction if you use the wrong type of plunger.   

Use the drain snake

If the plunger still doesn’t do the job then you might want to try out using a drain snake. The drain snake is a long metal rod with spiral spikes at the end. You simply feed the rod into the drain and try to hook or push out the debris that’s causing the clogs. Some drain snakes may require special techniques for insertion. You should always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use a drain snake.