Over time, the drains in your sinks begin to build up with gunk. If you wait for them to plug up, then you have to clear them using aggressive chemicals. Instead we recommend that during January you treat your drains with an all natural solution of vinegar and baking soda.
TIP: Don’t use a plunger to clear a clog. It pulls dirt and bacteria back up from the waste-pipe.
What you need:
- Cup of Vinegar
- Cup of Baking Soda
- Old Clean Rag
- Washing up gloves
Put on the washing up gloves. These will protect you from the hot water and vinegar.
Run the water in the tap until it’s very hot, allowing it to drain. This will start to loosen any grease that may be in the pipes.
At the same time heat a cup of vinegar in a microwave. It doesn’t need to boil but it should be hot.
Turn off the hot water and pour a cup of Baking Soda into the drain, immediately follow it with the cup of hot vinegar and then plug up the drain with the old rag. The baking soda and Vinegar will create a mini-volcano reaction and the rag forces the liquid into the drainpipes.
Heat up a medium size pot of water to boiling on the stove top. When the pot comes to the boil, remove the rag from the drain and pour the boiling water directly into the drain plug. This will flush out the baking soda, vinegar and any gunk it’s removed.
If the drain has not been cleaned for some time you may need to use a chemical cleaner such as “Drano”. Ordinary Drano and other clog removers are formulated mainly to dissolve hair and soap scum.
TIP: Don’t use bleach as this can react with other chemicals and give off chlorine gas which is highly toxic.
“Bio-slime” which is bacteria formed in areas where people brush or rinse their teeth, bathe, or clean food particles off dishes. It often combines with soap, mold or mildew, will still leave you drains smelly. Obviously regular cleaning, as indicated above will keep the drains clear, but in the case where they have been neglected, now is a good time to use a foaming pipe snake product such as Pro-Strength Liquid Plumr.
Remember $4-$5 spent now on clearing your drains can save you $100’s on a call to a Licensed Plumber.
TIP: If you have white drainpipes, you can sometimes see any clogging material by shining a bright flashlight through the pipe.
If you have a septic system, you should be careful about using ANY chemical product. Your septic system relies on Bacteria to breakdown the waste. Many harsh chemical treatments kill this bacteria leaving your septic system unable to treat the waste. This could negatively impact the septic drain field. In these cases, where the Soda-Vinegar solution doesn’t work for you, use a Septic friendly cleaner such as Drano Septic or Rid-X