Your drainage pipes are a precious part of your home, so it’s important to take great care of them. Because they’re responsible for constantly removing waste and maintaining the smooth flow of water throughout your home, your drainage pipes require a good cleaning every now and then (every 4 to 8 weeks to be precise). To get the best, safest cleaning possible, here are a few of Warner Service’s favorite all-natural products for your pipes:
Unique Natural’s Super Digest-It Safe Drain Opener: This “professional strength bacteria concentrate” works through clogged drains fast and safe. Within 1 hour, your home’s drainage pipes will be deodorized, unclogged and clean. Unique Natural is non-abrasive on toilets, in garbage disposals, grease traps and septic tanks because it doesn’t leave metal burns, freeze or harm seals.
Earthworm Family Safe Drain Cleaner: This drain cleaner uses water and natural enzymes to break down organic materials. Earthworm is environmentally friendly, biodegradable and safe to use around pets and children. This product is made for floor drains, kitchen sink and garbage disposal drains, all bathroom drains, boat and RV holding tanks, septic systems and grease traps.
Home Solv Natural Enzyme Drain Cleaner: Formerly Citra Drain, this drainage product is made from water, limonene (the clear liquid from an orange peel) and an enzyme blend that disposes “of organic substances to safely eliminate drain-clogging build-up in your pipes, while leaving behind a hint of delightful citrus fragrance.”
Biokleen Bac-Out Drain Care: This green drainage product combines enzymes, live cultures and plant extracts to prevent clogs, treat slow drains and deodorize longer than other products. The unique gel in Biokleen Bac-Out’s solution also contains no acids, artificial fragrances or colors.
Natural Rapport Drain Cleaner & Septic Tank Treatment: A non-chemical, 2-in-1 formula helps restore slow-flowing drains and prevent septic system back-ups. Natural Rapport’s natural drain cleaner degrades fats, oils, greases, food waste, soap scum and hair while remaining safe for pets, people and the environment.
DrainOut Drain Freshener & Clog Preventer: This enzyme-based formula offers “a new concept of clean.” DrainOut works within 8 hours to clear slow drains and replace bad smells with its citrus fragrance. The company also offers a kitchen drain opener, bathroom drain opener, a 2-in-1 septic bowl treatment and toilet bowl cleaner, and septic tank treatment – all of which are eco-friendly.
Flo-Kem Flo-Zyme Drain Opener and Deodorizer: This odor control product breaks down and liquefies suspended solids, including proteins, fats, oils and greases. Use Flo-Kem’s natural enzyme blend to maintain drain traps, waste treatment pipes and other home drainage systems.
DIY Drain Cleaner: Eco-conscious consumers can save money by making their own green drainage product. Combine 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of lemon juice and 3 cups boiling water. After you mix the solution, pour it down the pipes, wait 1 hour then pour in hot tap water. If this solution isn’t potent enough for your pipes, combine equal parts baking soda, salt and distilled white vinegar and repeat the process.
Conventional drainage products have a key active ingredient called sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda or lye. It’s a man-made chemical that can cause environmental problems, not to mention it’s highly toxic to humans. Purchase one of our favorite eco-friendly cleaners as a safe alternative, or, for the safest alternative possible, create your own drainage product at home.
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