- A plumbing snake can be used to remove clogs within the drain, but it cannot be used to fully remove hair and debris
- Many commercial drain cleaners contain harsh acids that can harm your health and damage your drain
- Baking soda and vinegar can be used to sanitize your home and it can also be used to remove clogs
- You can also use liquid dish soaps that contains enzymes to help breakdown grease and proteins, as well as loosen clogs
- Similar to using liquid dish soaps, you can also opt to use powder detergents with enzymes to remove clogs; just make sure to flush it properly with hot water afterwards
- Powder detergents are known to cause clogs in septic lines over time if it is not dissolved properly
If the water is draining too slowly, you might want to unclog the drain with a homemade drain cleaner.
Whether it is in the bathtub or the kitchen sink, one of the best ways for you to clean your drain is to use a plumbing snake. Snakes can be used to remove hair and debris that have formed the clog within the drain. This tool however, cannot be used to remove every piece of debris or strand of hair.
This is why experts recommend that homeowners use drain cleaners after using a snake to help clean the drain further.
Unfortunately, most commercial drain cleaners are made up of harsh acids that might do a lot of damage to your health and to your drain. As a matter of fact, most commercial drain cleaners can burn your skin upon contact, and they can also poison you when accidentally ingested.
Making a homemade drain cleaner is by far, the best way for you to avoid having to use these harsh products.
Baking soda and Vinegar
A lot of DIYers swear by this duo when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing different areas and items within the household. What’s more, you would be glad to know that these two can also be used as an effective drain cleaner.
You need to dry-out the drain first. Put a cup of baking soda into the drain and then pour a cup of vinegar into it afterwards. You need to keep the solution bubbling by covering the top of the drain for at least 30 minutes. Flush the drain afterwards with hot water.
Using liquid dish soaps
Liquid dish soaps are formulated to help remove grease and grime. If it can be used to clean bird’s feathers after an oil spill, it can also be used to help remove the clog in your drain. A lot of these products contain enzymes that can breakdown grease and proteins. You can use an enzyme detergent to clean the drain by pouring a cup and by letting it sit inside the drain for an hour. You can flush it afterwards with hot water.
Using Powder Detergent
Similar to using liquid dish soaps, you can also make use of a powder detergent that contains enzymes to help breakdown clogs in the drain.
You can put a cup of powder detergent into the drain, let it sit for an hour, and flush it afterwards with hot water. You need to use hot water in order to dissolve the detergent properly. Detergent that has not been dissolved properly can clog septic lines and cause a lot of damage over time.
For hard and stubborn clogs, you might need to do a procedure more than once. If it still does not work, you might want to consider hiring a plumber to clean the drain for you.