The drain is an important yet often overlooked asset in your home, as most people do not engage in regular drain cleaning. If you’ve been left unattended for too long, you’re inviting an array of unpleasant things to your home; bad smells, harmful germs and bacteria, and, in many cases, an unpleasant visual! The DIY pros and the ones concerned are not concerned. Maintaining cleanliness and overall health of your drain is made easier with our list of DIY tips for cleaning the drain!
- First and foremost: baking soda. There are a lot of cleaners and quick fix options for sale, but baking soda is not just something that most people have at home, it’s also gentle on your skin and the environment. Just pour the drain a little and scrub gently with a moist scrubber.
- Sometimes the unpleasant smell that comes from your drain doesn’t have to do with anything on the surface. Clogs are not only an annoying cause of slow drainage; they can also cause a bad scent due to accidental build-up of matter and bacteria. If this is the case, place a half cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar and immediately block the drain with a stopper. Let them sit down for 15 minutes to allow chemical reactions to occur. Then remove the stopper and put a lot of boiling hot water down the drain. The hot water is supposed to carry the loose matter away. If you have a double sink, do both sides separately while stopping each of the two drains. If you’re looking for a quick fix, pouring a small amount of chlorine, followed by water, sometimes makes a trick, especially for a nasty clog.
- There are many opinions on the subject, but the truth is that keeping the amount of oil and grease you drain to a minimum is the key to the cleanliness of your drain.
- Use drain screens to keep your hair, soap dirt, hard food, and other solids out of the drain.
- Maintenance is the easiest way to keep your drains clean. Clean all sink stoppers, drain screens and drain surfaces once a week, and then pour boiling hot water down your drain.
Drains are put to work multiple times a day. Ignore the necessary cleaning and maintenance of the drain, and you will quickly learn how much of the uncaring inconvenience to the drains can really be. Use these tips to maintain the long-term health of your drains and avoid potentially serious health and plumbing problems later down the road.