Alternatives for Drano or drainage cleaning
Negative Effects Associated with Drano
Drano can be immensely dangerous, as the Sodium Hydroxide, which is the main component in Drano, poses a great danger as it can corrode and irritate the skin very much and can cause from second to third degree burns! Drano can potentially cause blindness or weaken eye sight, it could irritate your throat as well as the inside of your nose. Inhaling Drano in anyway may lead to death or to serious condition. Drano is not at all Eco-friendly whereas the sodium hydroxide can contaminate surface water which leads to hazardous gases being emitted during evaporation (Dobbin, 2012). Drano can boil water in minutes. and if Drano is left in the toilet for too long or any other marble or porcelain products it can burst it to pieces immensely, it can also burn through cheap metal (no examples given). Drano a drainage solution, which can also cause your drainage system to go down the drain (hahahahah get it "down the drain", never mind).
The Natural Homemade "Drain-O" By: Sayward Rebhal
In this alternative, the ingredient can be found literally in every home: 1/2 cup of Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), 1 cup of Vinegar (dilute acetic acid) and 1 gallon of boiling water! You first just dump the baking soda in the drain and quickly and the vinegar. This would set off an reaction due to the fact that baking soda is a base and vinegar is an acid, it would both react so that both neutralize. By adding the two components, first sodium acetate and carbonic acid will be formed; since carbonic acid is unstable it under goes a decomposition reaction to produce carbon dioxide which bubbles away leaving a dilute sodium acetate solution (Marie, A. 2012). During this reaction, the grime and dirt found in the drains will break down and go down the drain with the final solution or will weaken it. By pouring a gallon of boiling water, it will clean out the carbon dioxide bubbles or gases, the remaining solution and the weakened grime or dirt. washing it all down the drain. When compared to Drano this alternative is way more cheaper, really easy to use, does not pose any hazards and is Eco-friendly since the final acetate solution can be broken down easily.