Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cleaning Out Your Sink Drain Without Nasty Chemicals

The other day I posted about how I have come to terms with doing a load of dishes each night and how it's worth it because you get the wake up to clean kitchen counter.  Now, I believe that I acknowledged I am not perfect or consistent with this, but just in case I was thinking that I had it all together, we had a little kitchen mishap that next day.  When we were done, it seriously looked like our kitchen had exploded.  I should have taken a picture.

We do not have top of the line appliances by any means, but they are fairly new so I expect them to work.  My problem is that I treat them they way I believe they should work instead of how I know they work.  (I guess I should add that to the list of things I still need to come to terms with!)  This is definitely the case with our garbage disposal.  Is it really too much to ask that it actually disposes of food scraps without getting plugged up?  Ok, so maybe I push it a little too far, but still!  So this time around I knew the sink was plugged up, but it was also filled with dishes so I wanted to get the dishes in the dish washer so that the sink would be clear to plunge the clog out.  This is how it always works, but not this time.  To make a long story short, I ended up with both sides of my sink filled to the brim with nasty water and not enough room to use the plunger without spraying water everywhere.  Poor Tim emptied out all of the water and plunged and plunged to no avail.  We ended up having to unscrew the pipes under the sink and clear out the gunk (as Trevor would call it) that way.

So the problem was pretty much solved.  The disposal was working, but the sink was still backing up a little when I was just running water.  Running the disposal would clear the water, but then it would back up again.  So I knew it was time to actually clean the drain.  I'm sure many of you know this trick, but I want to share it for those of you who may not.  I love finding ways to clean effectively without hazardous chemicals, and this did just the trick!

Drain Cleaner

1/2c baking soda
1 c   white vingar
2c    water

- pour baking soda directly down the drain
- pour white vinegar down over the baking soda
- let the combination sit and fizz for a minute
- while you are waiting, microwave the water until it is boiling
- pour the boiling water down the drain
- run the disposal

This did the trick for me!  My sink is no longer backing up.  I don't know if the quantities I used are ideal for all situations, but it worked fine in mine.  I believe you can do this periodically just to freshen your sink as well.  Give it a try!

I'd love to hear any healthy cleaning tips that you might have.

Happy Cleaning!

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