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Lye can be caustic if not used properly or applied without protective gear. Since it is highly toxic, it can cause you a series of health troubles and can even turn fatal when ingested into the body.

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June 9, 2010

Unclog Your Drain Naturally

Do you ever complain
About hair in your drain
Clogging up the shower?
Solve it with green power

Pain in the Drain

If you are a person with shoulder length or long hair, you are probably familiar with removing hair from the shower drain. Unfortunately, hair will still find its way down the drain and eventually lead to a clog. Instead of rushing to the store to buy volatile unclogging chemicals or calling the plumber, simply use the following advice.

  • One of the best solutions is prevention. There are various inexpensive products offered by many retailers such as drain protectors that will keep your drain clog-free.
  • Unclog the drain yourself. To safely do this, pour ¾ cup of dry baking soda down the drain followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Immediately plug the drain with a cloth or rubber stopper and wait 35-40 minutes. Pull out the cloth or stopper and pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.
  • Avoid the arsenal of industrial cleaners. Powerful commercial cleaners such as lye can cause harm to your health, the wastewater stream, and PVC pipes. Furthermore, when lye is mixed with acid it can wreak havoc on your bathroom.
  • Purchase non-toxic uncloggers. Companies such as Drainbo offer unclogging cleaners made from all-natural ingredients and enzymes. Although these products are generally a bit more expensive, they will eliminate the need to use extremely caustic chemical cleaners. offers more advice on the non-toxic ways to unclog your drain.

Drainbo is a widely available natural drain unclogging cleaner.


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