Drain maintenance is an important task that needs to be carried out with some regularity, otherwise we can end up with blocked, smelly or overflowing pipes. There are a litany of drain cleaning products available up and down every high street, but for some people, the complex nature and at times questionable backgrounds of these products rule them out of consideration.
While it might seem that to reject chemical products is to reject clean drains altogether, in reality that is not the case at all. There are a number of drain products available that cater to those with concerns about mainstream drainage products’ impact on the environment.
Are eco products good for cleaning drains?
There are plenty of eco-friendly products that are effective as well as being ‘green’. While some of these products may be unheard of or produced by small, independent companies, some huge brands also strive to ensure their products are as ethical as possible; The Co-operative, Marks and Spencer, and Waitrose, to name a few.
These companies, and others like them, are Leaping Bunny-certified, which means their products have been found to be free of animal cruelty. Unfortunately there are still many companies that test their products on mice, rabbits and hamsters, a controversial practice that has been heavily protested around the world.
There are plenty of products available from Leaping Bunny-certified brands – below are just a few examples:
Ecover Toilet Cleaner
With optimum levels of biodegradability, minimum impact on aquatic life and packaging that is 100% recyclable, the manufacturers claim this to be an effective, ethical toilet cleaner.
Ecozone Plughole Hair Unblocker
This unblocker dissolves hair, one of the main causes of obstruction, so you don’t have to worry about a blocked shower tray. It is suitable for vegans and is made using cruelty-free practices. It uses non-corrosive chemicals and two concentrated applications, which according to producers, tackle even the most stubborn blockages.
Ecoleaf Toilet Cleaner
Derived from plant extracts, the Ecoleaf toilet cleaner claims to be as natural as a cleaning product can get. Housed in recyclable bottles and based around sustainable ingredients, this aims to be an effective, ethical cleaning product.
Are natural products as effective at cleaning drains?
There are certainly some natural (DIY) cleaning products that can be very useful in cleaning and unblocking drains, with one particularly widely-used.
Baking soda and vinegar – Fortunately, you shan’t need to travel to a specialist store to source these ingredients. Standard vinegar and baking soda, when mixed together, create a fizzing substance that helps to clear blockages. Simply pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by half a cup of vinegar, allow it to get to work for a few minutes, and then flush it away with plenty of hot water.
However, it is crucial that you avoid certain combinations of natural products as they can damage fixtures and even put your health at risk.
Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar – When used together, the vinegar and peroxide react to create an acid, which can be an irritant to skin and eyes. If for whatever reason you need to use peroxide and vinegar, use them one after the other – never mix them.
In light of the above, we can see that there are certainly some ethical cleaning products that can have the same effect as traditional products, and there are even some that you can craft yourself. However, it’s crucial that you take care not to mix certain ingredients – otherwise you risk damaging your home and your health.
For the drainage issues that can’t be solved in a DIY manner, you’ll need professional assistance, and Express Drainage Solutions are the perfect people to help. Our drain jetting service harnesses the power of water to provide deep cleaning and clearance for drainage systems. For more information about our domestic and commercial drainage services, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help.