Along with oven cleaning formulas, commercial liquid sink decloggers are some of the most caustic household chemicals on the market today. Too many people mistakenly believe that just because a product is on the shelf, that it has been thoroughly tested for safety. This simply isn’t so.
The truth is that the cleaning products and other chemical household products we bring into our house do a lot to reduce indoor air quality and negatively impact human health.
So, when it comes to reducing the chemical load, “greening” your sink declogging game should top the list!
I’ve tried several natural sink declogger recipes including vinegar and baking soda, and castille soap with salt as a pretreatment (massively clogged my drains, by the way!) but I never found a natural product that actually worked with my super-slow draining bathroom sink.
This is a 1-step method (with an optional pre- and post-treatment protocol). The treatment is:
- Completely nontoxic
- Works better than any chemical declogger
1-Step Nontoxic Sink Declogging Treatment
Step 1: Manual Removal: You will manually remove the sink clog with a drum auger. It’s not as bad as it sounds! Pinky promise!
*Optional Pre-Treatment: You will allow a liquid castille soap to loosen the clog and lubricate the auger.
*Optional Post-Treatment: Flush the cleared drains with a disinfecting hydrogen peroxide solution that will naturally remove any odors from your pipes.
Manually Remove the Clog
I hope you’re not eating right now, but I’ve got to tell you the truth. The most likely reason for your slow-draining sink is due to a mass of hair, oils, soaps, skin cells, and bacteria. The best way to get this gunk out of your pipes is to physically dislodge it.
Manually removing the clog is the unglamorous, but totally necessary step in a chemical-free sink declogging treatment (at least when a stubborn clog is present).
While using a small plunger (wholesome hint: label it “for sinks and tubs only”) or hair-grabber might work on some obstructions, I recommend a snake drum auger on difficult or recurring clogs.
Never used one before? It’s easy!
Here is a no-frills explanation of how to use a snake drum auger (skip the intro and start at 1:35) from Cobra Tools. I found mine at my local home improvement store – and learned how to use it from the following video!
Optional Castille Soap Pre-Treatment
Before you get started, you can help to loosen your clog with one ingredient. All you need is 1 cup of liquid castille soap (can add a few drops of tea tree or rosemary essential oils). Pour this down the drain and let it soak in the clog for 30 minutes. Rinse for 2-5 minutes with hot (but not boiling) water.
Optional Hydrogen Peroxide Post-Treatment
After clearing your pipes with a drum auger, this post-treatment solution will help to clear any residual gunk from your manual declogging efforts, plus it will help clean, deodorize, and disinfect your pipes.
Mix 3 cups of water with 1/2 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide and pour down the drain (Wholesome Tip: Add a few drops of citrus essential oil for extra cleaning power)
Important: Don’t mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar, bleach, or baking soda (check out this awesome post from Bren Did to see which green cleaning ingredients you should never mix!)
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