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.

Baking soda and vinegar to clean drain

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.

Cloth over drain

Leave for around 5 minutes.

Now pour around 2 cups boiling water into the drain to rinse and move any foreign bodies.

Clean drain

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!).

Preventative measures

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!

Trina xx

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