Thursday, September 13, 2012

Putting Pinterest to the test: Natural Drain Cleaner

 I've heard the average person loses about 100 hairs each day.  I think about 99 of mine end up going down my bathroom sink, and so it was no surprise when my drain started to drain a little slow.  
I've seen natural drain cleaners all over Pinterest and I decided to give this one from Crunchy Betty a try.  

I was doubtful it would work.  I became even more doubtful after I poured baking soda and vinegar down the drain and it went from being a slow drain to a completely clogged drain. My sink filled up with nasty black stuff and sat that way for 30 minutes.

  I was all ready to go to the store to buy some Draino, when I decided to see what would happen if I pulled the plug up and down a few times.  Whoosh-it all finally went down the drain.  Yippee!  

It was a little slower, but way cheaper and safer than chemicals and I so I will use this method again. 

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  1. Brings back memories of the kids' science experiments on the back verandah. I use both baking soda and vinegar, separately, to clean, but have never combined them. I'm going to try this!

  2. We used to do that at the BYU bakery, then use a plunger, Sweet!

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  5. I’m glad you encountered this on Pinterest. :) I’m not a fan of slow solutions though. But sometimes, homemade solutions are really worth a try. The vinegar and baking soda compound creates a bubbly reaction, which then explodes, you know, just like how those volcano models kids usually make in science fairs. And a strong impact is effective in breaking down the dirt build up.

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  6. Sometimes, you just really have to try certain things to determine if it’s going to work. See? You discovered that natural products like baking soda and vinegar can be efficient in unclogging your drain. Nice one!

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  7. We do something similar to this for our drain clogs. I wrote about it here

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  9. Thanks for this post, brings back memories of my kids, we do it together by using some plungers too. But if all fails that time we would actually call somenorth sydney plumbers for blocked drains, clogged and overflowing toilets.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Hair is, indeed, one of the leading causes of clogs everywhere. The natural mixture you're using may take longer than the ones sold in the market, but at least it's cheaper and safer just like what you wrote. You might also consider having professionals take a look on your drainage system for a more secure analysis.

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