September 17, 2007

drains again

Remember how my drain was clogged and then I magically cured it by using baking soda and vinegar? Well, it is better, but still kinda slow.

Part of my problem in this case I think is that the drain has only little tiny holes and doesn't lift up at all. It is very hard to shove enough baking soda down the tiny holes. I can definitely see how Heather at Enviromom had a relapse (with Drano). So tempting!

Since it has been on my mind, I've seen some interesting products around. One is called Drainbo. Drainbo "is a seven-strain bacteria formula that works without the chemicals, caustics, acids and solvents that are very hazardous to humans and the environment." It sounds intriguing. Almost like probiotics for your pipes!

Another one which sounds very similar is called Earthworm. "Earthworm Family-Safe Drain Cleaner is a unique blend of pure, natural environmentally-friendly, enzyme-producing bacteria that liquefies grease, fats and other organic wastes and controls odors in drains, garbage disposals, and septic systems." They promise there are no actual worms in the bottle.

If the drain keeps up I'll definitely have to give these a try. If you've used it let me know how it worked.


Anonymous said...

Have you tried pouring a kettle of boiling water over the baking soda? It's a great way to freshen up drains and garbage disposals. Although for garbage disposals, nothing beats a lemon or a lime.

Anonymous said...

Earthworm Family Safe Drain Cleaner will open up slow drains, and keep your drains flowing freely and smelling clean and fresh. It REALLY works!! My name is Ricky and I am the owner of Clean Earth Brands, the manufacturer of Earthworm. Thank you for your loyalty to our product. You will see results...

eirracoes said...

Try a plunger! Couple months ago, my bathtub drain was clogged beyond all hope and I tried the conventional environmentally friendly methods to unclog it, like the natural drain cleaner and the vinegar/baking soda DIY. Neither worked, and I almost caved in to Draino as well. But many plumbing websites recommended using a plunger so I tried it - and it worked really well. It can be used over and over again, and I think it's the most environmentally friendly solution to hair-clogged drains.

btw, I know this post was written like a year ago, but I was reminded of your blog when AT Re-Nest blog mentioned Drainbo and wanted to comment, in case you have a clogged drain again ;) (I'd found your blog when I did a Google search for Earthworm Family Safe Drain Cleaner. haha.)

eirracoes said...

aaaand now I feel pretty bad for commenting right below the owner of the company and basically recommending another product over his. oy.

Earthworm Drain Cleaner smells really good, though! and probably works well for clogs caused by organic wastes... just not for hair clogs.


Anonymous said...

Not all drain cleaners have to use the chemicals and pollute the envornment. Tools like the drain
cleaner snake and the natural drain cleaners are a great choice.