Author Jean Morrison
Make your own non toxic drain cleaner
Some of the most acutely dangerous cleaning products are drain cleaners. They are corrosive and can cause severe burns to the eyes and skin. If they are ingested the throat and oesophagus can be burned.
Drain cleaners can contain trichloroethane, an eye and skin irritant and nervous system depressant. It can also damage your liver and kidneys. Drain cleaners can contain lye (sodium hydroxide) or sulphuric acid. Both of these are capable of causing extremely serious chemical burns if splashed on the skin. There are many other harmful chemicals in commercial drain cleaners that aren't even mentioned here. Frightening isn't it!
If you are not having success clearing a blocked drain with chemical un-blockers please do not mix different cleaners together. This can produce deadly consequences.
Now, after the warnings, lets get down to something constructive and make a much healthier drain cleaner. Most of ingredients are in your pantry right now, so let's get started.
Make your own drain cleaner without nasty chemicals:
Cleaning drains method 1:
If water has not yet started to back up then pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 750 ml (3 cups) of boiling water. This may need to be repeated.
Cleaning drains method 2:
If Method 1 hasn't worked, pour a cup of washing soda down, let it sit for an hour and then repeat Method 1.
Cleaning drains method 3:
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar. Let it fizz for a while then pour down 2 - 3 litres boiling water.
With all of these methods you may need to use a plunger to help things along.
Did you know:
So many chemicals found in our homes are used to make our lives easier. But there are consequences from using many of these toxic substances. Think before you pour anything down the sink. Only natural substances should be disposed in our sewer systems. Whenever possible, use alternative non-toxic products that will curtail the destruction of the environment.
You should always use a strainer in your drains - even in bathroom sinks as they catch the hairs. Set yourself up with a regular cycle of "mini" drain-cleans. Perform one of the above methods on a monthly basis. Always ensure you finish off each drain with a kettle full of boiling water.
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