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How To Make All Natural Drain Cleaner?

    Blocked drains can be a nuisance or a major plumbing problem, depending on when you catch them. Whether you’re a homeowner, property owner, or manager, clogged drains are an issue that you certainly wouldn’t welcome. While there are several commercial cleaners available in the market, most people are aware of the environmental harm they do. That is why many people have begun exploring more eco friendly alternatives. Some of you have taught yourselves how to make all-natural drain cleaner products that are as good, if not better, than harsh, chemical ones.

    There could be many reasons the flow gets interrupted or stopped in your drains. It’s important to understand the causes to prevent this nightmare from happening again. DIY enthusiasts may be able to fix certain minor problems, but it’s wiser to get professional help from an experienced plumber.

    Blocked Drains: Serious Health and Safety Risks

    Structural risks: Clogged drains that have been left unattended for a long time can damage the entire drainage system. Water tries to flow through whatever gaps it can find. If there are cracks in the pipe, drain water flows into the foundation or under the floor. This can lead to seepage and flooding, contributing to the growth of mold and mildew.

    Health hazard: Drain blockage encourages the growth of bacteria, fungi, and other harmful micro-organisms, resulting in the spread of diseases and allergies. Various stomach, respiratory, and skin ailments can result.

    Stink: Blocked drains give off an unbearable stench due to a combination of sewage and stagnant water. Besides being embarrassing and unpleasant, it can cause migraine headaches and nausea.

    Contamination: If left unattended, clogged drainage pipes may crack or burst, contaminating fresh water in your home. This can cause outbreaks of serious diseases.

    Why Drains Get Clogged

    If your drain is outside the house, it’s likely to get blocked by dead leaves, debris, or tree roots. Indoor drains get blocked due to heavy or insoluble objects being introduced into the system. For example, bathroom drains may get blocked by continuous flushing certain items. Wipes, tissues, hair, sanitary napkins, and tampons are the usual culprits. Kitchen drains get clogged by grease, food particles, and vegetable or fruit peels.

    Common reasons for drain blockage:

    • Hair, soap, and grime
    • Food waste
    • Micro-beads in cosmetics
    • Hard water mineral build-up
    • Small objects or toys falling into the toilet
    • Kitty litter
    • Animal fur
    • Kitchen scraps and grease
    • Overload of toilet paper and feminine products
    • Nappies, diapers, cotton swabs
    • Medical waste and bandages
    • Plastics

    Natural Drain Cleaners: DIY and Eco-Friendly Options

    Hot Water and Baking Soda:

    1. If you’ve spotted the problem early enough, pour two or three liters of boiling water down the sink or toilet.
    2. Wait a few minutes and pour a cup of baking soda and water.
    3. Follow this up with one more liter of boiling water.
    4. Wait for an hour before you use the drain. This should work if it’s a minor blockage.

    As a regular practice, this is a good method to keep your drains clean and fresh. You can do this once or twice a week. Make sure that no plastic parts or pipes could melt or get damaged due to boiling water.

    Vinegar and Baking Soda: This is a tried and tested drain clearance solution and all-purpose natural cleaner. Clear the sink (and, if possible, the toilet) of backed water. Pour half a liter of boiling water into the drain. Add ½ cup baking soda. Pour ½ cup vinegar. Cover the drain with a stopper, and let the mixture fizz and bubble inside the drain. Wait for 10 minutes. Pour another liter of boiling water to clear the pipes. Make this a regular habit once or twice a month.

    Drain Snake: This device is available in most hardware/plumbing supplies stores. It is a long metal cable coiled into a metal drum. It has a corkscrew-spring attachment at the end to snag obstructions which can then be removed. Fix a strainer attachment to the drain hole to prevent further recurrence of this problem.

    Borax, Salt, Vinegar:

    1. Pour ¼ cup each of salt and borax down the drain one after the other.
    2. Wait for a minute or two and then pour ½ cup of vinegar.
    3. Wait a few minutes and follow up with a kettle full of boiling water.
    4. Once the drain gets cleared, flush well with hot tap water.

    Plungers and Wire Coat hangers: The humble plunger creates a vacuum seal over the drain. Pull it back and repeat a few times till the drain gets unclogged. You can use a wire coat hanger too. Straighten it out fully and bend the end slightly to get a hook. Feed it into the drain and when it encounters a blockage, twist it and remove the offending blockage. This works for hair or other fiber.

    Lemon Juice and Baking Soda: Use fresh lemon juice instead of vinegar and follow the same methodology as in vinegar and baking soda cleaner.

    Cream of Tartar, Baking soda, and Salt:

    1. Make a mixture of 2 tbsp cream of tartar, ½ cup each of baking soda and salt.
    2. Seal tightly in a jar and shake well till thoroughly mixed.
    3. Pour half the quantity down the drain, followed by a liter of boiling water.
    4. Let this sit in the drain till it gets unblocked.
    5. Follow up with the rest of the mixture and run tap water to clear the drain thoroughly.

    Boiling water and Dishwash detergent: Add 2 tbsp dishwashing detergent to a liter of boiling water and slowly pour into the drain till it unblocks. This is a great way to clear fatty deposits.

    Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking SodaHydrogen peroxide is a great deodorant, oxidizer, and antiseptic. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain and wait 10 minutes. Next, pour 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. When the foaming stops, pour boiling water. Repeat if the drain doesn’t get unblocked. Avoid using the drain for some time.

    Final Word

    An ounce of prevention is greater than a ton of cure. With drains, this holds true. You can prevent drain blockage by following a few simple rules. First, train everyone in your home to empty food scraps into the trash can instead of the sink or the dishwasher. Install strainers over every drainage outlet. Third, flush the kitchen and bathroom sink and the toilet regularly with boiling water and vinegar. Finally, avoid using hair and skin care products with micro-beads.

    Opt for natural products rather than commercial cleaners. They are more eco-friendly and less harmful to your family, pets, and the environment.