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A septic system is something that is easily forgotten until something goes horribly wrong. What should you avoid running down your kitchen sink? Is one type of toilet paper safer to use than another? How often does your septic tank really need to be cleaned? These were just some of the questions that I had about my septic tank after it had backed up and filled my yard with raw sewage. Since then, I have spent hours researching septic systems so that I would not have to go through that again. I have developed my website to make learning about septic systems a little easier for others like me.

learning the basics of home septic systems

How To Keep Your Wash Basins And Pipes Clean With A Few Kitchen Ingredients

Matthew Young

Using harsh chemicals and drain cleaners to clean your home and unclog your pipes can cause damage to the inside of your drain pipes and also harm the environment. Most chemical cleaners you wash down the drain become broken down into harmless substances at the water treatment facility, but the remaining harmful chemicals end up in streams and rivers, hurting wildlife and fish. Here are instructions to clean your sinks, bathtub, and drain pipes using your kitchen ingredients and avoiding chemical cleaners.

Unclog Drain Pipes

When your sink drain pipes begin to slow, you know a clog has begun to form inside the pipe and should be removed before it becomes larger. Drains usually clog as hairs and fibers are washed down the drain, then soaps and particles rinsed down the drain collect onto the hairs and fibers and build up to prevent water from flowing through. For this reason, it is important to regularly clean out your drains to keep them clog-free. 

To maintain your drains, pull out the drain plug or trap and clean off any food, hair, soap, and other particles that have collected. Old soap residue will turn dark-colored as it collects inside your drain plug or trap. Use a plastic-bristled scrub brush and some water to remove these residues from the drain plug and the opening of the drain. Set aside the drain plug.

Next, set a pot of two cups of water on the stove and heat it to boiling while you combine and sprinkle your cleaner into the drain. Mix together 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt, and 1/4 cup cream of tartar in a container. Sprinkle half of this into your drain. After the water has begun to boil, pour it down the treated drain. Let this sit for one hour while it works to clean out your drain, then rinse it with cold water.

If you have a large pipe clog and this method does not clear it out, pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of white vinegar and let it sit for at least eight hours. Then, boil two cups of water and pour it down the drain. If your drain is still clogged, repeat this process until it is cleared.

It is recommended to clean your bathroom and kitchen sink drains using this method once a week to prevent any serious clogs. By not allowing particles, hair, and soap to collect inside your pipes, you won't ever get a clogged drain.

Cleaning Tub and Sink Stains

Many kitchen sinks today are made of stainless steel, which doesn't rust, but can become dirty and dull from regular use and the build-up of food residues. And you don't need to use harsh commercial cleaners to restore the shine to your stainless steel sink. As long as you have some white vinegar and cream of tartar, you can make your own cleaner.

In a glass or plastic container, combine one cup of white vinegar with 1/4 cup cream of tartar. If you mix this in a metal bowl, the cream of tartar mixture will begin reacting to clean the inside of your metal mixing bowl and not work as it should on cleaning your sink. With a wet cleaning sponge, scrub this mixture over your stainless steel sink. Rinse it clean with warm water.

To clean a non-stainless steel sink or tub, combine several tablespoons of cream of tartar. Mix in small amounts of hydrogen peroxide until it makes a paste. Rub this onto the wash basin's surface with a wet rag, then rinse it clean.

Rust can be a common tub and sink stain, and it is due to the dissolved iron in your tap water. This iron oxides and collects on the surface of your sinks and bathtub, leaving a reddish-orange stain. You shouldn't use any bleach to try to remove these rust stains because the bleach will react with the iron and create more stains in your tub and sinks.

To remove rust stains, mix 1/4 cup baking soda and one teaspoon cream of tartar in a container. Add hydrogen peroxide to the mixture in little amounts until you can stir the mixture into a paste. With a wet rag, rub the cleaning paste onto any rust stains and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Last, rinse off the mixture with clean water. 

Use this information to keep your wash basins and drain pipes clean without harming the environment. If a drain is too clogged to clear this way, contact a company like Gold Seal Plumbing.