Green Down the Drain?

Posted: March 7th, 2012 by Brad

Ever use harsh chemicals to unblock a drain? Ever wonder whether there’s a non-toxic solution? Good news, here are a few ways to be green down drains:

  • Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain. Then pour half a cup of vinegar. Wait 15 minutes, and then pour in hot tap water.
  • Mix equal parts salt, vinegar and baking soda. Pour into the drain. Wait one hour, and then pour in hot water.
  • Mix half a cup of salt and half a cup of baking soda, sprinkle it into drain and then flush with hot water

Of course the best remedy is prevention. Keep sink strainers in place – they’re there for a reason – and clean them frequently. If you have a garbage disposal, be sure to run cold water while you’re grinding up food scraps. If you don’t use enough water, you may encourage food particles to build up in the drain.

In the bathroom, remove the sink stopper and clean it often. Small screen covers, often available in stores, can help keep hair and other pesky materials out of drains. Don’t flush paper towels or other heavy paper products down toilets.

Once a week, pour hot water down your drains to help dissolve grease, soap scum and other buildup before it clogs the pipes. If you have a home septic system, have it inspected every few years – it may need pumping after several years.

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