Is your sink or bath tub draining slowly? Do you hate using nasty, harsh chemicals to clean out your drains? Many homeowners resort to using chemical drain cleaners for tough kitchen and bathroom clogs.
While this can be a temporary fix, using chemical drain cleaners causes more problems than positive outcomes. Chemicals that are strong enough to clear a small clog in your drain are more than capable of damaging your skin and eyes, not to mention the environment.
Drain cleaners with chemicals get washed into the sewer system and eventually, the local waterways. These chemicals can damage plant and animal habitats and cause genetic mutations in their offspring. The chemicals can outright kill sensitive species. In addition, many chemical drain cleaners contain lye and sulfuric acid that create hazardous fumes, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
There are several inexpensive and non-toxic methods you can use to unclog the drains in your home. Following are several different ways you can unclog your drains while using no harsh chemicals.
Ways to unclog your drain without using chemicals
1. Snake, Wire Hanger or Plunger
These are the simplest, most obvious methods most people use to unclog a drain. Almost every home in America has a plunger and this should be the first thing you try to clear your drain. To use it most effectively, push up and down on the plunger slowly a few times and then pull it up quickly. This will help to break clogs and get your drain flowing. If that doesn’t work, you can try clearing the drain with a straightened out wire hanger. Take a wire coat hanger apart and push it down the drain forcefully to help break up the clog. Keep pushing hanger in and out until the clog is broken up. If your drain is still stopped up, you can try a snake if you have one available.
2. Dish Soap
Another great natural way to unclog your slow drain is to use dish soap and hot water. If the clog is caused by grease, this method will work very well. Squirt a good amount of soap down then clogged drain. Then pour a pan or kettle full of boiling water down the drain. This should take care of any greasy clogs in your drain.
3. Baking Soda and Vinegar
When these two substances are mixed together, a chemical reaction occurs that will fizz up and eat through clogs. Pour three quarters of a cup of baking soda down the clogged drain. Then pour in a half cup of vinegar. Cover immediately with a rag to keep the mixture in the drain. After a half an hour, rinse the drain down with hot water. If your drain is still clogged, you can try plunging it.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide can also be used to unclog your drain. Mix a cup of hydrogen peroxide with a tablespoon of baking soda. Pour this mixture down your drain and let it foam. This should help to break up the clog and clear your drain.
When you are using any of these natural methods, it is still important to follow basic safety precautions. Protect your hands by wearing rubber gloves. When using boiling water, use oven mitts or potholders so you don’t burn your hands. When you pour hot water down the drain, keep your face back to avoid steam burns.
By using these natural methods, you can avoid pouring toxic chemicals down your drain.