Friday, October 21, 2011

31 Days of Green Living day 21: unclog your sink safely

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Many drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that might include pollutants. The long term effects of these toxic ingredients are detrimental to the environment, your health, and the insides of your pipes. Overly harsh chemicals can strip, corrode, and rust the metal of your pipes. This kind of damage weakens pipes and makes them susceptible to cracking. If you spring a leak, you will end up paying more than if you had just hired a plumber to unclog the drain for you.

Here’s how to keep your drains unclogged, naturally and safely:

Pour 1/2 cup baking soda, followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar, down drain, and cover with a plug or rag. The mixture will work to break down any fats into salt and harmless gas. Flush with boiling water. It's a much safer choice than commercial drain cleaners, which can harm skin, eyes, lungs, and the water supply.

To prevent clogs, make sure your drain has a screen that keeps out solids. In the kitchen, never pour fat down the drain. In the bathroom, brush hair before getting into the shower. And go easy on soaps, shampoos, and especially conditioners and products that contain oils.

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