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Environmentally-friendly ways in which to unclog drains

Published on: 18 May 2016

Environmentally-friendly ways in which to unclog drains

There is nothing worse than a blocked drain! Besides having an unpleasant smell that wafts through your house, there is the chance that your blocked drain could cause a ripple effect and result in a garden or paved area that is covered in waste and putrid water.

Drain cleaners can leave a pungent (albeit better) smell within your home, can be dangerous to children and pets, and leave the environment a little worse for wear. Thankfully, there are a number of environmentally-friendly drain cleaning options that are worth exploring – that is, at least, until you need to reach for the chemicals.

In an effort to ensure that your blockage doesn’t reach the point where you need to make an emergency call to your home assistance provider, take a look at the following environmentally-friendly ways in which to clean your drain:

It is important to note that you invest in a pair of durable dishwashing gloves before fiddling with your drains, as things can get messy! Before you begin, be sure to place a towel or old sheet beneath the sink, just in case of any spillages or overflow.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

A simple yet effective solution to a clogged drain, this solution unclogs even the toughest of blockages, and emulsifies fat and oil build-up. You will need:

  • ¾ cup of baking soda
  • ½ cup of vinegar
  • Boiling water

Simply throw the baking soda down the drain, followed by the vinegar. Ensure that the plug or stopper is in place, and let the emulsion sit for 45 minutes to one hour. Once the time is up, remove the plug and pour the boiling water down the drain. If you don’t manage to succeed on the first try, be sure to try again!

Natural Dish Soap and Hot Water

Although it may be tricky to find, there are a variety of natural dish soaps that are available to the public. Simply fill up your sink/bath or basin with boiling hot water and add a few generous drops of soap. Mix the solution and remove the plug – let the hot water and dish soap disappear into the drain. The hot water and dish soap will simultaneously dislodge any blockages and emulsify any fat or oil build-up.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

Although a more foamy solution, the combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is sure to solve your drain woes. Mix together one cup of hydrogen peroxide with one heaped tablespoon of baking soda. Quickly stir the solution and pour it down the problematic rain. Be sure to let it foam for one hour before letting the tap run to clear away the foam and debris.

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