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Homemade Drano: How to unclog your drain without nasty harsh chemicals


Homemade Drano: How to unclog your drain without nasty harsh chemicals

So you want to know how to unclog a drain without drano? You’re not alone.

A long time ago our bathroom drain was in need of some major help. It was moving slower than a turtle napping. And of course, whenever you have drain issues you are stuck with gross bathtubs and sinks that just slowly gather every little hair, dirt ball, and other nasty stuff that’s floating around.

Thankfully, making your own “draino” is easy. In fact, unclogging your drain doesn’t require harsh or toxic chemicals. And that’s exactly what I’m going to cover in this article. If you want a way to unclog your bathroom sink without introducing harsh chemicals into your home, then check out myhomemade drain cleaner recipe below.

First, let’s take a look at just what makes a traditional drain cleaning solution like Drano so dangerous, and why you should be avoiding them in all your unclogging efforts.

What is Drano?

Drano is a household drain cleaner product. It does come in different varieties, but typically contains some combination of sodium hydroxide (lye), bleach, salt, and sodium nitrate.

When you pour Drano down a clogged drain, the sodium hydroxide acts to break down the organic materials it comes in contact with (hair being the most common clogger). The sodium hydroxide also interacts with bits of aluminum to generate heat and decompose materials faster. Drano even interacts with tap water to further speed up this process.

Essentially, it creates a powerful chemical reaction in your drain to loosen and unclog it. It goes without saying this can be quite a hazardous material to introduce to your house, but let’s take a closer look at why that is.

Why is Drano Dangerous?

You could probably already gather from the above outline that Drano is pretty dangerous. The chemicals in Drano are not natural and can be hazardous for you and for the environment. The chemicals in Drano can harm your skin, your lungs, and your eyes. It can burn organic tissue with its chemical action.

If that weren’t enough, Drano can also harm the very thing it is trying to protect, your drain! The chemical reactions in Drano create a strong, corrosive force, and this force can in turn damage pipes, toilet bowls, and various other plumbing fixtures. The likelihood is increased if your pipes are older and a bit worn.

Additionally, Drano can react with other chemical cleaners and potentially create toxic fumes.

So overall, it’s probably wise to avoid Drano. But then what do you do about your clogged shower drain or your backed up sink? Read on for our DIY homemade Drano that will unclog your drain without the hazardous effects.

I’m pretty sure baking soda and vinegar are like the Batman and Robin of natural cleaning. I mean, combined these two are almost unstoppable.

When we had our bathtub issue my husband said he’d take care of it. And I let him. I was so grossed out by the whole thing (kind of an OCD neat freak, okay) that I didn’t even care what methods he used… I just wanted it fixed. (Clearly this was before my total hippie transformation.)

I tried not to think about the garbage he tossed down our drain in a number of attempts to clean it. I honestly had to leave the house each time he did. And while it was always a little bit “better” after each chemical raid… the problem was never really solved.

Finally, like the super woman I am (ha!), I told him I would take care of it. I knew I had heard of baking soda and vinegar for cleaning drains, and I figured “what do we have to lose”? I mean, this stuff is a whole lot cheaper than the toxic waste my husband was using.

Well, silly me…  It took one time to get our drain moving beautifully again. Once. 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, some hot water, and a little patience and our drain was moving like a hare in the races.

And we haven’t had a problem with it since.

A lot of people think that sometimes the all-natural option means sacrificing effectiveness, but you can see that’s not the case here. You can have the best of both worlds with this option, a clean drain with none of the hazardous chemicals.

I thought so. Here’s the recipe and directions below.

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