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Is it a coincidence that those rooms of the house that have the potential to most affect our health also have running water and drains? With water conveniently available in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room, it should be simple to keep those areas clean. For many homeowners, however, a deep, dark, damp source of germs lies lurking just out of sight. We are referring to the drains in the sink or at the bottom of the shower. Carter Servicesrecommends that you use a natural drain cleaner monthly to keep the drains clean.


As Torrance, CA plumbing professionals, we recommend that our customers regularly treat the drains throughout their homes. There are a few good reasons to choose a natural cleaner for this process:

  • Store-bought cleaning products often have hazardous chemicals on their ingredient list. These chemicals can end up in the environment. Along their course to outside groundwater, these chemicals can spell trouble for the pipes as well.
  • These products can also be dangerous for the members of your family. You wouldn’t want to spray this type of chemical on the surfaces of your home, and you shouldn’t be using them in your sinks or tubs, either.
  • The ingredients for a homemade drain cleaner are easy and affordable to buy from your local grocery store. If you have put together your own cleaners in the past, then you might already have some of the ingredients on hand.

A variety of natural drain cleaner recipes can be found through a simple Internet search. One of our favorite all-purpose cleaners is made up of equal parts water and white vinegar. You can clean your drains by using a half cup each of vinegar and baking soda, letting it sit in the drain for 15 minutes, then flushing with boiling water.

When you use a natural drain cleaner each month, you won’t be so worried when your toddler climbs up to stick her toothbrush into the sink drain. Instead, you’ll rest assured that your home is clean and healthy in all its dark crevices and hidey-holes. When your home needs the attention of plumbing experts, contact Carter Services.

Source: Natural Cleaning Recipes, “Using Vinegar As Homemade Drain Cleaner,” March 18, 2013.

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