Drains are responsible for filtering and flushing away water and dirt, whether it’s food particles down the kitchen sink or shampoo down a shower drain. However, drains often get clogged during this process. Common culprits of clog drains are:
- Cooking grease
- Coffee grounds
- Soap scum
Here are some ways to keep your drains clear and how to dispose of clogging culprits:
- Dispose common clogging waste in other ways
There are different ways of disposing drain clogging materials other than dumping them down a drain. Save cooking fat in a jar or carton and put in in the bin; throw coffee grounds away in the rubbish or add them to a compost heap. For shower drains, add a grate to catch hair and prevent soap scum from draining. Make sure to brush your drains often to prevent hair from accumulating; hair will trap soap and cause soap scum to accumulate and block the drain
2. Rinse kitchen drains with hot water:
Hot water makes oils found in food products run faster and easier down the drain. Let your hot water run for a few seconds after pouring food oil down the sink.
3. Put some baking soda down the drain:
Baking soda makes for a great cleaning agent. It also absorbs bad smells, keeping sinks smelling clean and fresh. Every now and again sprinkle some baking soda down the drain and run water with it to clean it.
4. Install strainers in kitchen sinks:
Save yourself the hassle of needing to thoroughly clean your kitchen drain by installing a strainer. The strainer will catch food and other particles, ensuring only food oils and water enter the drain. When you need to clean the strainer, simply remove it and toss food chunks and particles into the trash.
5. Pour a cup of vinegar down the drain
Vinegar is nature’s natural cleaner. Its acetic acid content is an organic solvent that removes organic build-up of foods and other oils in pipes. Pour a cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing.
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