While natural ingredients can be incredibly beneficial for our skin, they can sometimes have the opposite effect on our drains. It’s important to be aware of the consequences of incorrect disposal of these skincare ingredients.
Vaseline and oil
Vaseline can ease dry skin, prevent chafing and heal minor wounds. However, petroleum jelly is a viscous solution, making it one of the worst culprits for clogging drains. It solidifies in pipes, and other products cling to it.
Baking soda and vinegar are known to clear blocked drains. However, as they are highly caustic, the naturally abrasive substances can cause significant erosion over time, permanently damaging your pipework so are not a good long-term solution for clearing clogged pipes.
Creams and lotions
Many skincare products come in creams and lotions, which can often end up down the drain during our morning and evening skincare routines. While the small amount of product may not seem damaging individual, gradual build up can remain in drains for a long time, leading to blockages.
Clays and mud
Skin masks containing clays and mud can reduce excess oil and help combat acne or impurities, but the thick substance can harden in pipes.
Honey works wonders for your skin, acting as an incredible natural moisturiser and antiseptic. However it crystalises in drains, contributing to clogged pipes.
Despite being a great addition to your skincare and morning routine - coffee grounds do not break down in water. They clump together in drains, causing issues. Alternatively, coffee grounds can be a great natural fertilizer for your garden as coffee grounds contain several key minerals for plant growth and can even absorb heavy metals that can contaminate soil.
While body scrubs and exfoliants can clear your pores, they have the opposite effect on your pipes. Some salts, sugars and other exfoliants won’t dissolve in water, leading to clogged pipes.
According to a Kerry Hale at Mira Showers:
“If you end up with a blocked drain, it should be dealt with as soon as possible to avoid further problems. While it is encouraged to seek professional help from a plumber, a light blockage in your drain can often be solved using products you have in your own home for a fraction of the price.
A solution of fairy liquid, bicarbonate soda, vinegar and boiling water can be poured down the drain to dislodge the blockage. When combined, bicarbonate soda and vinegar create a mild chemical reaction, while the fairy liquid works to remove grease and oil.
If this home remedy doesn’t work you can also purchase chemical drain unblockers from many home stores. When using these products, always read the instructions and be vigilant as the chemicals can be very corrosive.”