DECLOGGING THE DRAINS (Chemical vs. Natural)
November 24, 2008 3:59am CST
Though commercial chemical drain cleaners may be fast and efficient decloggers, these contain harsh chemicals. If you opt to go chemical, follow the directions on the bottle strictly. Since their formulation is poisonous, wear safety goggles and rubber gloves to protect your eyes and skin. Work in a well-ventilated area as the fumes may irritate your lungs. For a more environment-friendly remedy, use the tried-and-tested combination of baking soda and vinegar: = Dump 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar. = Cover the drain and let the mixture stand for a few minutes. = Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. The baking soda and vinegar will dissolve the grease, letting the clog wash down the drain. Another variation: Pour 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Follow it up with six cups of boiling water. Let it sit overnight then flush with water. The baking soda and salt mix serves as an abrasive to break down the clog while the hot water helps dissolve it. WHICH DO YOU PREFER, CHEMICAL OR NATURAL?
24 Nov 08
i dont clean our drains as my mam does it. if i did, even though chemicals may be more effective, i think i would go for the natural method. i have a cat and i would hate to think she managed to get tyhem chemicals into her system, or any other animal. happy mylotting