Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Motivation: Clean your drains

“It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it”
source unknown

Fun Stuff!  Cleaning Drains!  Whoo hoo!
Are you psyched yet?

Well, if you look carefully at your bath and kitchen drains or stick your nose down in your sink you might be so inclined to do a little drain cleaning. 

If you think about it, a lot of yucky stuff goes down those drains.  Eventually, some of that yucky stuff starts to accumulate and may eventually block up the workings.

To keep the drains flowing freely and smelling good I treat them monthly with a little concoction I call:
Drain Metamucil

Here's what you do:

1.  Pour 1 cup of salt into the drain (use the cheap stuff - not the kosher stuff you cook with)

2.  Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain (I buy it in a large bag at Sam's club)

3.  Pour 1 cup vinegar into the drain and let it fizz for 15 minutes (again, use the cheap vinegar that comes in a gallon jug)

4.  Lastly, pour a full kettle of boiling water down the drain.  It will wash away all of the yucks that the salt, baking soda, and vinegar have broken down.

** For your garbage disposal, put some citrus peels and 1/2 cup salt into the opening and run it for 3 seconds.  Let it sit, without running the water, for 1/2 hour or so.  Then, run the disposal with the water running and you'll have a sweet smelling and cleaner disposal. 

This concoction will not hurt septic tanks and will not harm the environment.   


Myth:  Water drains backwards in the Southern Hemisphere due to the Earth’s rotation

Truth:  Not only is the Earth’s rotation too weak to affect the direction of water flowing in a drain, tests you can easily perform in a few washrooms will show that water whirlpools both ways depending on the sink’s structure, not the hemisphere. 

This is better than Mythbusters!

1 comment:

  1. This is great! I am going to print and do:) We have a septic so I am glad to hear it is safe... thanks.


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