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.
Just take a look at what a typical chemical drain cleaner does to this sponge in the video below, and you’ll never want to release those chemicals into the environment again!
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.
Instead, many homeowners have begun opting for greener solutions for drain cleaning, and indeed there are several inexpensive and non-toxic methods you can use to unclog the drains in your home, with ingredients you probably already have in your cabinets.
Check out these 4 effective 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 is really 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 breaks 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
It’s just like those volcanos that would win the science fair in grade school, except now you want to contain all the foam instead of let it out. When these two substances mix together, a chemical reaction occurs that will fizz up and eat through clogs.
Step 1: Pour ¾ cup dry baking soda down the drain
Step 2: Pour ½ cup vinegar down the drain and cover immediately with a rag or plug
Step 3: Leave it in there for 30 minutes, and prepare boiling water
Step 4: Remove the plug and slowly pour the hot water down the drain
It’s that simple. If it doesn’t clear all the gunk out the first time, a second pass should work. And now you can keep your pipes clean and chemical free!
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 pot-holderes 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.