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Green Ways to Unclog Drains!

Thank you Anne for asking about greener ways to unclog drains in the Ask Kelly section of this site! I know I mentioned it once before, but as everyone can probably tell, life has gotten the better of me and I haven’t been posting much. Don’t fear! I will return in a few weeks.

So how do you unclog your drains anyhow? I have seen several great methods online and really like the ideas set for on Care2.com . All you really need is baking soda, vinegar, or washing soda depending on your clog situation.

Method 1: If you don’t have water in the drain but know that it is clogged, pour in one cup of baking soda followed by three cups of boiling water. It may take a few tries to work well.

Method 2: If baking soda isn’t harsh enough to get the job done, try washing soda. Washing Soda is a more caustic version of baking soda. Instead of sodium bi-carbonate, Washing Soda is sodium carbonate. It is still all-natural and environmentally friendly, but has a bit more kick to it. Pour one cup down the drain and let it sit for a while. Then using the baking soda and boiling water to finish the job.

Method 3: You can also use the baking soda method with one cup of white distilled vinegar added in. This combination will fizz and may help loosen the clog.

If these methods don’t work, you may want to find an enzyme based drain cleaner at your local co-op or organic food store. They will be a bit more powerful, but won’t work well on hair clogs. If you’re like me and shed a lot of long hair, try treating your drains with washing soda occasionally and flushing it with water. You could also consider buying a drain snake at your local hardware store. The snake goes down into the pipes and helps to break up and possibly remove stubburn clogs that are stuck in the drain. It helps a lot with clumps of hair that may block the pipe. This handy tool is reusable and can cost as little as $15.00.

Give these options a try and let me know how it goes!

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