Clogs

April 11, 2007 at 12:41 am 7 comments

No clogs, please!

 Ok, not that kind of clogs… 😀

Just two weeks into our sustainable lifestyle and we are already faced with a potentially toxic situation. The shower drain is clogged… again. Last time I used a sodium hydroxide declogger, which as you can imagine, is downright nasty. Now that we are all sustainable and all, that can’t be our choice option.

The problem with our shower drain is that it’s not possible to open it and remove the nastiness manually, so we do have to resort to some sort of declogger. So before I resorted to our old trusted caustic stuff I thought I might try this recipe, with baking soda and white vinegar, washed down with boiling water. Yeah, I tried it… So much for that, I noticed a little bit  of an effect but the bottom line is, we still got clogs (or clog).

Tomorrow its back to the store get the caustic stuff… It’s a pity grandmas old trusted soda fell through, and not just literally. It was worth a try.

Clogs courtesy of travelingbelgian on Flickr.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. anita  |  April 11, 2007 at 3:36 am

    can you rent a “snake” at a rental store and unclog it that way?

  • 2. Alina  |  April 11, 2007 at 11:10 am

    Nope. The shower has a fixed grid that is not big enough for a snake.

  • 3. Tiago  |  April 11, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Nice clogs picture. I saw in Zaanse Schans, a Portuguese clogs… ehehe. It was in a museum and I had the opportunity to see how they produce them.***

  • 4. Lori V.  |  April 12, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Ooooh, this reminds me of the scene in our house the other night. Our sink was starting to be slow-draining. My husband said he had pulled some hair out as well as he could, but it was still slow to drain. So, he pulled out the U-trap (is that the correct name?) under the sink, because that’s how we have to take out the drain stopper. When we pulled out the drain stopper & looked in the U-trap, I was most appalled by the sludge that was attached to them! It was quite impressive, the amount of grossness he was able to pull off of it… it seriously had the consistency of old sludgy motor oil, mixed in with a little mud and hair, and completely black! EEEEEWWWWW! In a way, I’m glad you don’t have to go through all that… pretty damn gross! LOL!

  • 5. Alina  |  April 12, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Lol… thats gross. I guess thats why they say not to pour grease down the drain 😀

  • 6. OzzieEnviro  |  April 26, 2007 at 2:43 am

    Try dry yeast granules, the plain stuff you would use for bread making to unclog your drain. We had an old septic and Mom kept it clog free with just yeast poured down it regularly. It contains natural enzymes and good “bacteria” which will eat up the blockage and it won’t hurt anything or anyone (unless allergic to yeast of course).

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