Drain cleaners are undoubtedly effective at opening up the greasy & soapy deposits in our bathroom & kitchen drains. Still, they tend to wear out the pipes over time. The chemicals give off an unpleasant odor and may function less favorably than their advertised counterparts.
While A Better Plumber & Sewer is there to deal with plumbing issues at your house in Round Lake, IL, if you feel like you can do your bit for plumbing, sans the creepy drain cleaners, we have just the thing for you.
Here are five environmentally-friendly DIY drain cleaners you can whip up from the contents of your kitchen pantry.
1. Vinegar & Baking Soda
All you need is part vinegar and part baking soda. Remove the drain screen and remove the residue along with the drain site. Pour the ingredients down the drain and put a plug on it. Let the mix sit in the drain for an hour. Meanwhile, warm up some water, but don’t boil it, because it will affect the plastic drain pipes. When the time is up, pour the water into the drain. Voila! Bye, clog!
2. Lemon Juice & Baking Soda
If you like a bit of aromatherapy with your cleaning, you can opt for a mix of part lemon juice and part baking soda. Pour them into the drain and as before, let it sit for an hour before draining warm water over it.
3. Salt & Baking Soda
Baking soda seems to be taking the cake, isn’t it? If both the scents of vinegar & lemon bother you, then mix part salt to part baking soda and sprinkle them into the clogged kitchen or bathroom drain, then leave overnight. Warm some water and pour it down the drain for seamless plumbing in the morning.
4. Baking Soda, Salt & Cream Of Tartar
Now we’re going full MasterChef on this one, but if the clog is one tough nut, then you need the combined abilities of three household ingredients. Mix half cup baking soda with half a cup of salt and add in two tablespoons of cream of tartar. Make sure you mix it in a sealable jar. Shake the contents and trickle them into the drain. Let the mixture sit for an hour, then pour warm water until the clog opens.
5. Salt, Borax & Vinegar
If you need an industrial-level cleansing of your drains minus the damage to the pipes, then this is our pick of the day. First, pour a quarter cup of salt into the drain, followed by an equal amount of borax. In the end, pour half a cup of synthetic vinegar into the drain and go outside for your noon siesta while the mix rests for half an hour. Then run warm waters over the drain to find your drains completely open!
If none of these chemical-free concoctions seem to help, you need a professional-looking out for your plumbing.
A Better Plumber & Sewer are your plumbing experts in Round Lake, IL. True, it’s cold there, but there’s nothing that a good bout of hydro jetting won’t repair! Do get in touch with us & receive free quotes for our services!