Never Buy Drain Cleaner Again! | Whole Green Love

13 Oct

If you are a girl, or just live with one (or even if you don’t!) , you know that cleaning the shower drain is a regular requirement. Even when I’m careful about not letting that hair get down the drain, it still happens. And then, there you are enjoying your shower when you notice you are standing in water. Gross. Time to clean the drain!

To avoid the nasty chemicals that are in commercial drain cleaner, try this easy alternative! I bet you already have what you need in your own kitchen. Do you have baking soda and vinegar on hand? I thought so. So grab them and head to the bathroom. Those drains need a deep down scrub-a-dub-dub.

Our stand up shower has a grate over the drain, so this one is easy to clean. If you have a tub that has a drain cover, it’s easiest to remove that before you pour down your drain cleaning ingredients. So, all you need to do is pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, follow it with 1 cup of white vinegar, (cover the drain, if possible) and let that volcanic chemical reaction erupt for 10 minutes or so! While the chemistry experiment is happening in your drain, boil a pot of water on your stove (I use our tea kettle). When it gets to a boil, pour that down the drain to do a final clearing of the nasty drain debris. I wish I could have posted a picture of the action packed drain cleansing process, but the camera doesn’t capture much of that from the surface. You get this exciting picture instead…

So what is going on here and why does it work? Well, when baking soda, which is a base, combines with vinegar, an acid, it reacts to form sodium acetate and carbon dioxide which works as the scrubbing bubbles in your drain. As this reaction expands in your drain, it works to push the clog down as it’s dissolving the gunk that caused the problem in the first place. Do not attempt to use our suggested solution if you have very recently used a commercial drain cleaner! Mixing chemicals can have dangerous outcomes!

I hope this works as well for you as it did for us. Just another easy, inexpensive, and green tip to keep your home in tip top shape!

Have you used any green alternatives instead of a commercial drain cleaner?