It’s important to always follow the instructions when using heavy duty cleaning products – not only from a health and safety point of view – but also because different types of blocked drains require different solutions. A standing water blockage in a kitchen sink, for example, should be handled differently to a blocked bath from which water can still drain slowly.
2) Natural Drain Cleaners
For environmental and safety reasons, many people prefer to try clearing blocked drains with natural ingredients, before resorting to harsher chemicals. One proven method is as follows:
- In a dry sink, pour at least 1 cup of baking soda down the blocked drain, and ensure that the powder makes its way down the drain.
- Next, pour approximately 2 cups of boiling water in and wait several minutes.
- Add one more cup of baking soda in and immediately follow it with one cup of plain white vinegar.
- Plug the drain. Here you will notice bubbles and a sizzling noise being emitted from the drain. Don’t panic – this is good!
- Once the bubbles disappear, add another 2 cups of boiling water.
This is an effective way to make sure your sink remains unblocked. Try it once a month to prevent unwanted blockages.
How to Eliminate Odours
Nasty odours are one of the side effects of blockages. In most cases, a drain becomes blocked when large items get stuck in the strainer or begin to clog up the drainage pipe. These items then rot and bacteria breeds, releasing the nasty smell.
Frequent cleaning of kitchen and bathroom sinks is a sure-fire way to keep drains free of unwanted debris. Weekly use of a homemade natural remedy, like a baking soda and vinegar solution, is a good habit to develop, keeping grease, grime and bad odours at bay.
Good waste disposal practices will also reduce bad odours and the likelihood of future blocked drains:
- In the kitchen, use a rubbish or compost bin, instead of the sink, to dispose of leftover food cooking oil, and any paper products
- In the bathroom, consider using a plughole filter to prevent a blockage from hair and other proteins.