Beat the rush in the detergent aisle at the supermarket by opting for healthier, more affordable alternatives that use natural ingredients. You don’t have to fill your home with harsh chemicals that are harmful to you and your family when you can use everyday ingredients that do the same job. By using natural cleaning ingredients, you’ll save money and you’ll provide a safer home environment.
Check out the top 5 plumbing system cleaning ingredients:
- Baking SodaNot just for baking, baking soda is perfect for breaking down substances. The best way to use baking soda is to mix it with some water to create a paste. This paste can be used in your entire home from the kitchen to the bathroom. Clean your toilet bowl or get rid of that nasty ring around the bathtub. If you mix the paste with vinegar, you can also use it to unblock clogged drains by pouring it down the piping system.
- Corn StarchCorn starch has similar cleaning properties to baking soda as a water paste mixture can lift stains out of almost anything and unclog unsightly drains. You can also mix corn starch with boiling water to create a solution that breaks down other matter commonly known for blocking pipes. Try pouring this solution down your kitchen sink if your water usually takes a while to drain.
- LemonA well-known, natural product in the cleaning world is lemon – it is even incorporated in most household detergents. Cut a lemon in half and you can use it to disinfect kitchen and bathroom surfaces, and leave the used half in an area to remove odours. If a horrible smell takes over your kitchen your bathroom, grate a few lemons, including the skin (you should end up with a mushy juice), add boiling water and pour the solution down your toilet, bath and shower drains and kitchen and laundry sinks – the smell should dissipate in a few hours.
- Essential Plant OilsEssentials oils are not just reserved for aromatherapy massages, you can use a variety of plant oils as antibacterial and antifungal aids. Pour a few drops into any cleaning solution you are using – natural or chemical – to add some extra strength and leave behind a clean smell. This method works perfectly when dealing with smells, you can even add it to the lemon solution as mentioned above for an extra kick. Remember, these essential oils are pure and therefore quite strong, make sure you smell a few to see which one won’t give you a headache!
- SaltSalt has many healing properties especially pure sea salt. Create a scrub with a little bit of water and baking soda for the ultimate scum combatting power. Use this scrub to clean stubborn bathroom and kitchen stains, as well as outdoor areas. This mixture is even strong enough to clean this inside of your washing machine where there is often unseen grime.
- White Vinegar
One of the most common old wives’ tales is using vinegar to clean basically everything in your home. The all-encompassing power disinfects and removes stains from indoor and outdoor surfaces. One of the toughest things to clean within your home’s plumbing ecosystem is a showerhead. First scrub the head using either the salt or baking soda solution – do not wipe it off. Add some vinegar into a bowl and hold it up so that the showerhead is submerged in the solution for about 5 minutes. If you are able to screw your showerhead off, even better, as your arms may get lame after a while. After 5 minutes, wipe your showerhead with clean warm water. Not only will it be sparkling clean but also the water will run through the spout a lot easier.
For times when you’re in a sticky situation and cannot rely on natural products, call the plumbing experts at Boeing Plumbing.