How to Clean Bathroom Sink Drain
The pipes under your bathroom sink endure a daily barrage of greasy, oily substances from soap and lotion products to makeup and toothpaste, which can solidify when cooled. Over time, this gunky, greasy buildup accumulates, diminishing drain capabilities and eventually causing a blockage which can corrode the pipes. The best solution is a preventative method for clogs, with a powerful non-toxic solution can help keep your drains clean, clear and deodorized.
Homes with newer plumbing containing PVC or copper pipes are somewhat better suited to handle these sticky, grimy materials, but older homes with more narrow iron plumbing experience clogs and backups more often, and all the gross drain smells that come with them.
The age-old method of using a cup of baking soda and vinegar to fight clogged drains is ineffective. The fizzy reaction looks like the materials are dissolving, but they're not. Baking soda acts a base to the acidic qualities of vinegar, and combining them creates a chemical reaction which produces water with trace amounts of salt. This is not strong enough to clear a drain. Neither ingredient is a surfactant, either, so they will do little to help carry away the loose oil and grease.
However, you don't have to pull out the rubber gloves and resort to toxic, caustic chemicals to clean a drain. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner's non-toxic, biodegradable degreasing and deodorizing power helps prevent grease, fat and oil buildup that can cause clogs and foul odors.
- Pour 2 cups of full strength Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner into the drain in the evening.
- Allow the product to remain in the drain overnight.
- Rinse for a few minutes with hot water in the morning.
Tip: Works well when used every 2 weeks for large households, or once a month for smaller households. Prevents grease buildup in kitchen drains, and soap and lotion buildup in bathroom drains. Will not prevent or correct hair clogs.
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