There are more than 80,000 different chemicals registered with the EPA. There’s no possible way that the EPA has tested all 80,000 of those chemicals for safety. Knowing that common household products have so many dangerous chemicals, the obvious question is how can it be legal to sell toxic products to innocent customers? The government has deemed the term “maximum safe levels” to tell consumers how much of a toxic ingredient their body can endure. I feel like we’re being lied to. That’s why it’s so important to me to share how easy it is to make your own household cleaners, and especially how to make your own safe drain cleaner and drain opener.
Common chemicals found in commercial drain cleaners?
Lye, Caustic Potash, Bleach, Peroxide, Sulfuric Acid and Hydrochloric Acid.
- Lye and Caustic Potash: These chemicals release heat and turn grease into a soap like substance that’s more easily dissolved.
- Bleach and Peroxide- These products are heavier than water so it can move through standing water and it releases heat and gas to help clear the blockage.
- Acids: These acids are extremely strong and release heat to melt congealed like grease.
Dangers of the chemicals in drain cleaners
- Lye: Highly corrosive and can cause burning if it comes into contact with the skin.
- Bleach: Irritant to the nose, eyes, skin and lungs. Using bleach can cause respiratory problems, skin burns, damage to the nervous system, asthma flares, headaches, migraines and vomiting.
- Hydrochloric and Sulfuric Acid: These acids are very corrosive. If the skin is exposed, it can cause severe burns to the skin, burns to the digestive system, and even blindness. The vapor of these acids can cause coughing, shortness of breath, hoarseness, sores in the respiratory tract, and even fluid build-up in the lungs if a very concentrated amount is inhaled.
To avoid clogging drains, use a drain strainer to trap food particles and hair; collect grease in cans rather than pouring it down the drain; pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain weekly to melt fat that may be building up in the drain; or weekly put some vinegar and baking soda down your drain to break down fat and keep your drain smelling fresh.
Safe Drain Cleaner and Drain Opener Recipes
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda and Vinegar. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar and cover drain if possible. Let set for a few minutes then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain to flush it. The combination of baking soda and vinegar can break down fatty acids into soap and glycerin, allowing the clog to wash down the drain. DO NOT USE THIS METHOD AFTER USING A COMMERCIAL DRAIN OPENER.
- Salt and Baking Soda. Pour 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Follow with 6 cups boiling water. Let sit overnight and then flush with water. The hot water should help dissolve the clog and the baking soda and salt serve as an abrasive to break through the clog.
Making your own drain cleaner is so easy! It’s also much safer! Consider using these recipes the next time you have a clogged pipe!
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