Natural Drain Cleaning Tips

When a drain is clogged, it is easy to grab a household cleaning product to clean it out. Many of these products though contain potent chemicals that present a number of dangers when they’re rinsed down the drain. Some can cause skin, eye or even lung disease and can even damage wildlife, wetlands and our water quality. So instead of reaching for these products, here are some ways to scrub sinks or clear drains the natural way.


To clean ceramic and stainless sinks, it is common to scour them with powered cleansers. These cleansers usually contain bleach. Although effective, using ordinary baking soda is capable of doing the same work and is gentler on your skin and the environment. So next time you need to clean your sink, lightly sprinkle baking soda on your sink and faucet and scrub gently with a damp cloth or sponge. The baking soda can be easily washed away with water and your sink will be looking spotless!

If your sink is very dirty, you might need something stronger than just baking soda. If you don’t think baking soda will get the job done by itself, add a small amount of salt (table salt works just fine) to your sponge. This combination will allow the residue to come off quicker. Another option that works is mixing the baking soda with laundry soda (50/50). Be careful when doing so though because laundry soda is a lot stronger. We suggest wearing gloves to stay safe.

Scrubbing Brushes

Using a brush or scrubbing pad can also help you improve the efficiency of your baking soda scrub. They can be used instead or as an addition to the powders. Stay away from metal and plastic ones. The metal ones can scratch the sink and the plastic ones aren’t environmental friendly and can also be hard on your sink’s finish. A brush with bristles or a soft scouring pad are both perfect choices. A loofah would even get the scrubbing job done!

Clogged Drains

There are not too many things more annoying than a clogged drain. To maintain your drains so they don’t clog as often, put a half a cup of baking soda down it followed by white vinegar. Then block the drain with the stopper. The baking soda and vinegar mixture will trap the gas and push the blockage out to clear it. Wait about 10 to 15 minutes and then remove the plug and pour boiling water down the drain. The water will loosen any debris and clean it away.

You will be doing both yourself and your family a favor by starting to clean with safer products. At Gillece, we take responsibility for our actions and guard against potential ramifications to our environment within our communities. Our Technicians are “Green Screened” contractors and honor the challenges of protecting the environment. As always, call Gillece if you have any problems or think your clog is more severe.