Slow drains? $2 fix!

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Clogged drains are a pretty common household problem. Especially the drains in our bathroom sinks and bathtubs or showers. They usually get clogged up with hair, soap residue and sometimes they can also have hard water build up too. Most of the ways you're used to getting rid of a clogged drain probably include using a product like Draino. These products work really well, and they always do what they're supposed to do, the only problem with them is that they tend to be full of chemicals. Chemicals which are bad for our health as well as the environment. Anything we pour down our drains is bound to end up in our waterways which means that the ecosystems are at risk because of the chemicals in the products. That's why it's great that in an effort to reduce this pollution, more people are using natural cleaners to clean their homes and they're finding that these natural cleaners work just as well as the chemical ones. The only difference is, you might have to allow them a bit more time to work their magic. But it's well worth it when you don't have to worry about them having any adverse effects.

This is one of the cleaning tips from Susan from Momcrieff. She teaches us how to unclog our drains using a tool to remove all of the debris so that the water flows smoothly and effortlessly, as it's supposed to. She found the tool at her local hardware store for only $1.99 so you should also be able to find something similar in your local hardware store too. Just be prepared for what this handy little tool will pull out of your drain though, especially if you haven't cleaned it out in a long time. You can use this tool to clean out your drains on a regular basis to keep them running smoothly, and you will find that each time you will pull out less stuff the more frequently you do it. The tool is called Zip It and it's a long yellow, plastic tool with teeth all along it, kind of like a zipper. Then, there's a little hole at the top where your finger goes through to push and pull the tool down into the drain and pull it out. And that's all you have to do, just push the long part of the tool down the drain until it's in all the way, then wiggle it around a bit to collect the hair and other stuff, then slowly pull it out.

It will most likely be full of hair and other gunk when you pull it out, which is gross, but it's also a good thing too because that means all of that gross stuff is no longer clogging up your drain anymore. Just don't use this if you have already put some chemical cleaner down the drain, as the tool does tend to splash up whatever liquid is in your drain. If you can't find this tool at your local hardware store, you can also order it online too. There are ways to clean your drains with natural cleaners too. Just use about a half of a cup of baking soda and stuff it into your drain. Then, follow that up with a cup of white vinegar. Just pour it down your drain slowly and it will start to bubble and fizz. Leave that for 30 minutes to an hour and then pour a cup of boiling water slowly down the drain. Try these cleaning tips to get rid of those nasty sink clogs and never use chemicals again.***

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