How to Clean a Drain Without Harsh Chemicals

Drains clog. There’s just no way around it.  I’ve got a clogged drain right now at my house.  There are tons of ways to clean out your drain without using harsh chemicals like Draino.

The Issue with Chemicals

Harsh chemicals work well but they have several drawbacks.  They are very hard on the pipes in your house, regardless of how often the bottle says that they aren’t.  These cleaners also smell to high hell and they’ll drive you, your pets, and your neighbors to coughing fits if you don’t work in a well ventilated area.  These chemicals are very hard on the environment and the water supply in your area. 

Tools of the Trade

To start, make the best investment possible for your home and purchase a basic $2 drain snake from the hardware store.  This is one of the first items you should buy when you move in, even before the plunger.  This plastic snake pushes into the drain and the barbs pull out the clog.  Just doing this will clear most drains quite effectively.

Kinder Chemical Reactions

 

If you want a really clear drain, you can follow up with a combination of baking soda and white vinegar.  This combination foams up, just like your kids’ elementary school volcano, and pushes most of the remaining small particles down or eats them.  Since this is a chemical reaction, even a minor one, I follow this procedure by running some hot water through the drain for a couple minutes.

Conclusion

Like a charm, clearing out almost any clog is simple even without harsh chemicals.  I have lived in my home for several years and still haven’t opened the Draino under my cupboard.  Both my pipes and the environment thank me.  If, somehow, this entire method still doesn’t work, then bust out the chemicals but always use as little as possible and follow up with water to wash them out of your pipes.

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