Make your Own Natural Drain Cleaner

A Non-toxic Recipe for Clearing Our your Drain

There’s little more annoying than having to see a pool of toothpaste-filled water poll in your sink and then drain slowly, leaving a foamy residue behind. If you’re like most people, you put off cleaning it out for weeks until you can stand it no more, and then look for natural ways to clear the clog. You’re in luck! We’ve got all of the natural drain cleaning solutions here for you to try out.

There&rsquos little more annoying than having to see a pool of toothpaste-filled water poll in your sink and then drain slowly, leaving a foamy residue behind. If you’re like most people, you put off cleaning it out for weeks until you can stand it no more, and then look for natural ways to clear the clog. You’re in luck! We’ve got all of the natural drain cleaning solutions here for you to try out.

But first, a word about conventional drain decloggers. Most regular drain cleaning chemicals eat through oil, hair, food, and soap scum because they contain highly caustic lye (also known as soda lye, caustic soda, and technically called sodium hydroxide) which is considered a hazardous chemical by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. They can also contain sulfuric acid which, like lye, can irritate lungs, skin, and eyes.[1]

Keep drains fresh and flowing freely with natural drain cleaners

If you regularly maintain your drain by flushing it with natural drain cleaning solutions, it’ll make drain clogs much less common and keep your sinks, tubs, and showers fresh and disinfected, too. This recipe should do the trick:

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 part cream of tartar
  • 4 parts salt
  • 4 parts baking soda

Mix the ingredients together and put in a dry, lidded container to be stored for when needed. Then, on a regular basis (once a week or so), pour 1/4 cup of the mixture down the drain and follow with a flush of water. 

Unclog your drains with eco-friendly drain decloggers

One of the most effective ways to open up any drain is manually, so we recommend starting with one or two of these options:

  • Toilet plunger: Using a plunger, see if you can forcibly clear the clog with a few pumps. It helps to remove the drain stopper before starting. Be sure to use a natural disinfectant on your sink, drain, and faucet once you’re done to remove any residual bacteria left by the plunger.
  • Clog removers: There are several options on the market meant for use by amateurs that manually clean out drain clogs. For example: Zip-It Clean.

If these solutions fail you, there are some natural drain cleaners and homemade drain cleaner solutions you can concoct to get your drain flowing freely again:

  • Natural enzyme drain cleaners: Some enzymatic drain openers make the removal of hair, soap scum, and grease a little easier by putting tiny enzymes to work for you. Earth Enzymes and Biokleen make such products.
  • Baking soda, vinegar brew: Get together a rag and then measure out 1 part baking soda and 1 part vinegar and boil a bunch of water. Remove the drain stopper and then pour the baking soda down the drain, and follow that with the vinegar. When you start to hear fizzing sounds, use the rag to cover the drain and let the mix do the work for about 5 minutes. Finish by pouring the boiling water down the drain.





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References

Cleaners: Green buying guide. (2009, February). Retrieved June 15, 2010, from ConsumerReports GreenerChoices: http://www.greenerchoices.org/products.cfm?product=greencleaning&page=RightChoices

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