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Green Clean Your Drain, Oven and Toilet-Bowl

The corrosive ingredients in drain, oven, and toilet bowl cleaners can severely irritate eyes, skin, and respiratory tract, and can also be fatal if swallowed. Chemical drain cleaners are among the most dangerous of all cleaning products, containing sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) that can permanently burn eyes and skin. In oven cleaners, lye and sodium hydroxide can burn skin, eyes, and the respiratory tract.

Green Cleaning Solutions…

For drains, a plunger “snake” plumbing tool should first be used to bring up as much of the clog as possible, giving cleaning products room to work, or perhaps eliminating the need for them entirely. If you have a clogged drain, pour a cup of baking soda followed by 3 cups boiling water.  If you still have a clog, try pouring down 1 cup of vinegar. The vinegar will neutralize the baking soda.  Don’t forget to prevent future blockage with inexpensive metal or plastic drain screens, available at most home-improvement or hardware stores.

To clean oven surfaces, coat them in a paste of water and baking or washing soda and let stand overnight, then scrub off the paste while wearing gloves. To prevent future buildup, line the oven floor with aluminum foil and wipe oven walls and ceiling clean after each use.For toilets, sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, then spray with vinegar and brush with a toilet brush.

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