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Sulfuric acid, lye and sodium hydroxide are popular ingredients for opening a blocked drain. However, continued use of these poisonous and corrosive products can do more harm than good. Sure, they eat up whatever is in their way; hair, grease, dirt, etc. but also good bacteria and PVC pipes.

Good old white vinegar and baking soda can give you the same results and save you from breathing in dangerous fumes, hiding harmful chemicals from small children and animals, and helping to protect the environment. Every time we introduce chemicals into the atmosphere, through air, land or water, we decrease the value of a healthy environment.

When you first notice a slowing of the drain flow, pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain. Follow with ½ cup white vinegar. Allow the natural chemicals to work in removing dirt and debris from the pipes (about 15 minutes) and flush with boiling water. The baking soda will be made more alkaline by the boiling water making it more powerful against clogs. If the clog is of the more stubborn kind, heat the vinegar first before pouring it into the drain pipe.

You may find the use of a plunger helpful in pulling away the crud and sending on down the pipes. Use intermittently with the vinegar and baking soda procedure if more than one application is needed.

Vinegar and baking soda form carbon dioxide that literally explodes into a reaction of air bubbles and helps to scrub the sides of the pipe with the vinegar (acetic acid). Do not become alarmed if bubbles appear at the top of the drain. This is a natural reaction and harmless.

Once your drain is open (and smelling fresher), begin a maintenance program of pouring about 1 gallon of boiling water down the drain on a weekly basis.

Kathy Garton
Kathy Garton
Over the past 50 years, I have been lucky enough to witness powerful changes in technology, nutrition, culture, and life in general, some good and some bad. Only from experience can you see the big picture of an evolving world. After getting past the excitement of frozen meals, furnishings made of plastic and the Internet, the reality began to set in. More illnesses, especially respiratory, cardiovascular and uncontrollable weight gain were becoming the normal conditions of society. Rewind 50 years and the answers are apparent. Hi. I am Kathy and this site was created to share ideas and educate others on how to live a healthier, more meaningful life. I grew up on a farm where we raised our own food and animals for consumption. We never had air conditioning or a microwave oven and I felt as though we were living in the dark ages. What I would give to go back to that time. I have been a professional writer for over 20 years and have always being drawn to the natural aspects of life. I also worked for a petroleum company for 15 years and discovered many facts about how this product impacts our world. Through years of research, it has become crystal clear that we are making our lives less enjoyable by taking shortcuts through unnatural, manmade means. There can be a happy balance and by learning where we went wrong, the best of both worlds is possible. After years in corporate America, I moved to a 3-acre mini-farm where I continue my research and writing along with my kitties, Lizzie, Shadow and BK and bulldog, Bux.

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