Sunday, May 20, 2012

Natural Drain Clearing - Cleaning w Baking Soda

  Cleaning - Clearing - Freshening your Drains w/ Baking Soda

 Simple 2-step natural process clears most food clogs, and will freshen your sink and drains.
Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of vinegar.
 ...told you it was simple! 

  Note:  There is an immediate reaction! Vinegar is an acid, while baking soda is an alkaline (they're chemically opposed to each other).
 When combined, they produce an impressive foaming action similar to that created by hydrogen peroxide on a Do NOT hang over the sink or tub to look down the drain when the ACV is introduced.
  Should this foaming action splatter in your eyes, simply flush with plenty of cold, fresh water.

  Try heating the vinegar in the microwave for 1 min before adding it to the drain.
 Wait 5 minutes before flushing the drain with 2 quarts of hot water.
  - Some prefer to add a TBs of salt to this flush.

  You can repeat this process a few times if you like.
 If this is the first time you have cleaned your drain in a long time it may be necessary to repeat the baking soda flush a couple of times.

 Use the same ideas to clean and freshen your garbage disposal.
  You may be able to cut the required amounts of baking soda, water, vinegar, and salt in 1/2 for use in your disposal.

Try putting baking soda down the drain without rinsing when you are going on vacation or even just a weekend trip.

  It will help reduce odors that may develop while you are gone. 
Flush the baking soda out of the drain with hot water or hot vinegar followed by hot water when you return.

Benefits of Baking Soda and Drains
  Using Baking Soda to clean your drains and garbage disposal eliminates harsh chemicals that may leave odors and residue in your sinks.
 All of the listed combinations are environmentally friendly, which will help concerns about chemical contamination, or even the risk associated with having chemicals in a home with children.
Using baking soda for these jobs can be friendly to your wallet too, especially if you recycle the boxes you use in the freezer or fridge when they are no longer as fresh.

*Pop's Note:
   Next time you're in the laundry section, look for the large (4lb) boxes of Baking soda, just a few dollars in Walmart. This will save you some money in the long run.
 I don't use the paper boxes in my fridge. Any small cup or dish will work.
 Find something bright and colorful, like a candle holder or a potpourri dish, or just fill a few of the egg holders if you (like me) never use them anyway.
 Once or twice a month you can dump this used baking soda down the sink drain to recycle it as a drain freshener.


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