How to Unclog Drains Without Chemicals Like Liquid Plumr and Drano
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How to Unclog Drains Without Chemicals Like Liquid Plumr and Drano

We all know that chemical drain clearing agents such as Dran-o and Liquid Plumr can be seriously bad for your health if breathed, spilled on your skin, or even swallowed. To make matters worse, these highly toxic chemicals leak into the environment when flushed down the drain.

Here are some safe and green solutions to helping keep drains clog-free, and unclogging them:

Weekly preventative solution

Mix 1 cup (250 ml) baking soda and 1 cup (250 ml) salt. Pour 1/4 cup (60 ml) of this mixture into the drain. Follow this by pouring in a pot of boiling water, followed again with a flush of cold water. Do this once a week. Also sprinkle baking soda on and around drains to keep them odor free. You should notice a big difference in fewer clogged drains and reduced odors.

Clogged drains

Pour in 1/4 cup (60 ml) baking soda followed by 1/2 cup (125 ml) vinegar. Close the drain until the fizzing stops and flush with boiling water. If this does not work, you can try a plumber’s snake, which you can buy at your local hardware store - but be cautious, it can damage pipes.

Additional tips

  • Never pour liquid grease down a drain
  • Always use a drain sieve to clean drains of your home.
  • Don’t wash hair down the drain. Just put it at the edge of the drain and throw it out afterwards.

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Comments (5)

hey bhumishah! I just tried this And it worked great. :) i had a big clog in my shower drain, and didn't have any anti-drain stuff, so i tried this and it worked like a charm. thanks for the tip.

You're right about a plumber's snake being able to damage pipes. I once got an emergency call 10 o'clock on a Sunday evening because a woman's husband put a snake through the kitchen sink drain pipe inside the wall. It was an older home with badly corroded pipes and the snake just punched a hole right through the drain pipe. The moral of that story is that unless you really know what you are doing, stick to the chemical and that good old plumber's helper, the plunger. If they don't work call your friendly neighborhood plumber.

Good looking and smart,with plenty of my kind of tips-resourceful! I like it.

Good tips to keep environment safe and consume less time in drainage repairs and better ways for easy and smart living. I like the core topic, Weekly preventative solution (i use to follow this in past) and additional tips as well.

Good tips, I will try this