Are Drain Cleaners Safe?
You might be tempted to use drain cleaning chemicals to remove clogs and other debris from your toilets and sinks. It might seem like the fastest and easiest solution, but there are many reasons why it’s not a good idea.
Here’s an overview of some of the most common types of drain cleaners, along with which drain cleaning chemicals you should avoid.
Bleach is one of the most popular drain cleaners because it works quickly and effectively. However, it has some drawbacks. Bleach is corrosive and can damage pipes and fixtures. It also contains chlorine, which can cause skin irritation and breathing issues. And it can stain surfaces and clothing.
Chemical Drain Cleaners
Chemical drain cleaners work by dissolving grease and other debris in the water. They usually contain chemicals such as lye (or sodium hydroxide) or hydrochloric acid. These chemicals can irritate the lining of the sewer system and cause clogs.
Baking Soda + Vinegar
If you need to remove odors and clogs from your drain, baking soda is one of the easiest natural ways. The recipe involves pouring boiling hot water down your drain or toilet. Then you pour in a cup of baking soda. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then flush or run water to ensure you’ve cleared the pipes.
Of course, you may have tried combining baking soda with vinegar in equal parts to clear the clog in your drain or toilet. Then you pour hot water and use your plunger to loosen the clog. One possible issue with using baking soda and/or vinegar is that you may not know how severe the clog is. You might end up with a fizzing or even explosive situation.
Baking soda is an inexpensive option that works well as a general odor remover. You might have also used it as an effective stain remover. However, we don’t recommend using borax in your toilet bowls for various reasons. It can cause damage your pipes, but it’s also not safe for you to use. It causes eye irritation with other issues to your skin and breathing.
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