It is possible to clean your drain using simple cleaning products in your home, and this will go a long way in preventing clogging. The best bit about drain cleaning using natural cleaners is that you can do this routinely thus ensuring that you have a safe and fully functional drain.
Making it a common practice to use any of the natural cleaners mentioned below will significantly lower the costs of maintaining and repairing your drain as well as keep you from calling in a plumbing contractor. Below is a simple DIY process of cleaning your drain.
I. Snake the Drain
Before cleaning, you need to ensure the drain is free from any materials that block the flow of waste. For this, you will need a snake, which is a special apparatus that is long and designed to wind along the drain. You can buy the apparatus in your local store or just get creative and make one using several wire hangers. The snake should have a hook at its front tip that will entwine and pull out the materials blocking the drain.
II. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
Baking soda on its own can work wonders on your drain. The secret power behind its effectiveness is the fizzy action (foaming). You can just take a half a cup of baking soda and add a cup of water and pure it into the drain once the fizzy action starts; it will loosen and clean the gunk in the drain. For more decent job, you can use a cup of lemon juice and four tablespoons of baking soda. Mix them together and pour the mixture into the drain once it starts forming. The lemon juice will help get rid of the bad odors. You can opt to use vinegar is you do not have lemon juice.
III. Pump the Drain
After pouring the baking soda solution, you will need to pour hot water in to rinse the drain. If the water is moving a bit slow, just take a plunger and pump the drain until you see the water flowing smoothly. If the issue persists, you need to take the snake and check for any remaining gunk that might be blocking the drain.
IV. Hot Water or Brine
Once the water starts to flow smoothly, proceed to do a thorough rinsing of the drains. For this last stage, you can use plain hot water or add some bit of detergent into the water and pour it into the drain. For a more efficient drain cleaning, you will need to use a brine solution, which is a mixture of hot water and salt. Let the solution cool then pour it into the drain when it is warm.