The main ingredient in most drain cleaners is either sulphuric acid or sodium hydroxide, which can cause serious injury when coming into contact with skin or when ingested, in addition to harming the environment if they are improperly stored or used too often.
If these chemicals get onto your skin, it can burn and if some of the solution happens to splash into your eyes, it can even blind. Mixing it with other chemicals, such as something else that’s been poured down the drain can cause an explosive reaction, possibly harming you and anyone else who happens to be nearby.
Why risk the dangers when there are effective non-toxic and far less corrosive methods for clearing pipes? A do-it-yourself solution works best when using it routinely before a clog occurs.
Keep in mind that when using your DIY drain cleaner it will take longer than those toxic commercial cleaners so you might have to repeat your efforts a few times before it works – many take up to an hour, but it is well worth the wait.
Baking soda and apple cider vinegar
Once again it’s apple cider vinegar to the rescue. Mixing one cup with a cup of baking soda and pouring it into the drain will cause it to bubble and fizz. Wait for about 30 minutes and then run plenty of hot water into the drain. Repeat until the drain is no longer clogged. Doing on a regular basis is also a great way to prevent clogs from happening in the first place.
Baking soda and lemon juice
If you don’t want to put up with the smell of vinegar, you can use lemon juice instead. The aroma is much nicer and it works just as well. Follow the same method for baking soda/vinegar using one cup of lemon juice to replace the vinegar. Be sure to run lots of hot water after letting the mixer foam up and sit in the drain for 30 minutes.
Sometimes all it takes is pouring boiling water into the drain to clear a clog, especially in a kitchen sink. These types of clogs often develop due to fats and oils that get cold in the pipe and solidify, so boiling water will easily eradicate this problem.
Keep in mind that for extremely tough clogs, snaking the drain may be the only way to eliminate it. Drain cleaners are generally effective for cleaning up little bits of buildup and not a massive clog. Once the snake is used, you can help keep it clear by using the above methods for maintenance.
-The Alternative Daily