If your bathroom smells pungent, you know it’s the shower drain telling you it needs to be cleaned out again. Whether your shower drain is clogged or needs regular cleaning, it is always the best to go green!- The fumes from chemical drain cleaners are toxic and harmful to children, pets and adults. They’re not good for the environment, either. In addition, the chemicals can damage metal pipes. Here are some easy and eco-friendly ways to clean a shower drain:
BOILING WATER+LIQUID SOAP
Boiling water can sometimes break down the soap or grease on the shower drain. Pour boiling water on the drain and after 2 minutes or so, pour liquid detergent on it. Let it sit for sometime and scrub the area using a scrubber. The drain should be cleaned.
BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR
This is a more natural solution than using cleaning chemicals. Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, wait for a few minutes, then pour a cup of vinegar down too. Wait for a couple of hours, then clean out the drain by pouring boiling water down it. This method is ecologically preferable and won’t cause damage to plastic pipes.
SOAPY WATER+LEMON JUICE
To eliminate biofilm as the source of the odour, take the chrome or brass strainer cover off the shower drain so you can see into the drain pipe. Use soap, lemon juice and water and a larger-diameter bottle brush to thoroughly clean the underside of the strainer, the bowl-shaped drain assembly under the strainer as well as the sides of the vertical drain pipe that extends downward into the p-trap. Rinse thoroughly with clean water until the entire drain is perfectly clean.