This week I have had to clean our drains in this house. I know it’s pretty yuck and I wasn’t sure whether to share it with you or not, but I thought maybe you might like to Treen Clean your drain too? (You probably don’t want to but you might need to!)
Cleaning our drains is somthing I don’t do very often. It’s not part of any elaborate cleaning routine I have. One day this week I walked into our laundry and thought that a dead animal must be hiding in there somewhere. There was a smell that I couldn’t explain. I searched the room and no dirty socks could be found on the floor and no dead rodents were lurking behind the washing machine. Eventually I came to the conclusion that it must be the drain! Yuck! That thought made me squirm and I was detemined to get rid of this smell! (Don’t worry, I didn’t take a photo of it.)
I did a bit of research online to find the most effective method of cleaning the drain. Buying a bottle of poisonous chemicals didn’t appeal to me so I decided to try the old favourite method of bi-carb soda and vinegar.
Here’s what to do:
Pour about 1/2 cup of bi-carb soda into the drain.
Now pour about 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the drain and immediately cover drain hole with a cloth to trap the reaction in the pipe.
Leave for around 5 minutes.
Now pour around 2 cups boiling water into the drain to rinse and move any foreign bodies.
I found that this method cleaned my drain very well and got rid of the smell. After this, I went around the house and cleaned all the drains (to be sure!).
What can I do to keep my drains cleaner for longer? I don’t think that this will prevent smelly drains completely, but from now on I will be spraying my bathroom cleaning spray into the drain while I clean the kitchen or bathroom. I am hoping that this will help keep the drain clean. Of course I will probably need to use the trusty bi-carb soda and vinegar method every now and then because I don’t want to smell that horrible smell again!
Do you have any special drain cleaning tricks? I’d love to hear them!