Avoid These Damaging Products When Using And Cleaning The Shower

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By 98.5 KTK

Plumbing problems never come at a convenient time and usually with bad financial timing. But that's not the bad news. Common beauty and cleaning products may be to blame for an emergency call to the plumber.  The good news is expert plumbers offer advice on what to skip, what’s safe, and how to fix any problems that do pop up. Beauty products containing oil, such as bath bombs, can be problems.  They usually contain essential oils, cornstarch, cocoa butter, bits of flowers, and even glitter which do not dissolve well and clog up pipes. To prevent the buildup, stick to products that use ingredients that dissolve in water, like salt or sugar scrubs. Body washes, shampoos, and conditioners are safe, too. While you may see brushing your teeth in the shower as a time-saver, it can be disastrous. Toothpaste hardens in the drain, causing a potential backup and although it does the same in the sink, it is harder to remove in the typically larger drainage pipe of the shower. Occasionally, pouring hot water, baking soda or vinegar down the drain should cause the harden paste to soften and move along. Of course you can use chemical drain cleaners, but if they are overused, they can cause severe damage to your pipes.  The same is true for overusing bleach when cleaning.  So consider enzyme drain cleaners, such as Green Gobbler, BioFresh and other enzymatic drain cleaners, which are safer and easier on the environment.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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