Chemical drain cleaners are some of the most toxic household cleaning products on the market. It's best to avoid them.
Many of these contain sodium hydroxide (also known as lye and caustic soda). It's highly corrosive and will damage your drain pipes. It also can burn eyes, skin and lungs and is a respiratory irritant.
Prevention is the key to keeping your drains clear. Use a drain basket or screen to keep hair and food scraps out. It's a quick and cheap solution since 99 per cent of the time your drain is clogged with these pesky organics (often well coated in soap scum).
Here is a simple home remedy with food-grade ingredients!
You'll need one cup of white vinegar, half a cup of baking soda and four cups of boiling hot water.
Step 1: Sprinkle the baking soda down the drain.
Step 2: Pour the vinegar down the drain and watch it fizz for five to 10 minutes.
Step 3: Chase the first two ingredients with boiling water (careful not to burn yourself with the steam).
This recipe will work best when used on a regular montly basis.