Why Drain Chemicals Are A Bad Idea In Households With Children

Ever so often we come across alarming statistics that reveal some hidden monsters in our cleaning cabinets. One of the biggest culprits of bad odour is undoubtedly the drain, and the desire to pour the most destructive chemicals in there, just to get rid of the smell is high. If bleach was one of those chemicals, it may be time to step back and close the lid. 

Bleach, like so many other harsh chemicals has a serious effect on every family member, and especially newborn babies, who are highly vulnerable to strong scents. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition that affects 1.2 million people in the UK. Alarmingly, scientists have now tied COPD to the use of bleach. The research indicates that a single use of bleach per week can increase the user’s chance of developing COPD by 32%.

Chemical Safety When it Comes to Drains

It’s important to take a good look at the labels on containers, as they will indicate the level of toxicity. Some chemicals are safe to handle in the right conditions, but to the horror of many parents, many chemicals they use on a daily basis aren’t safe to inhale, especially for a growing child. When it comes to drain cleaners, bleaches, and other harsh chemicals, there is a big chance of the household inhaling those fumes as the chemicals work through the muck and grime. This is especially true if the cleaner is used in a high-traffic area such as a bathroom or kitchen.

Bleach, like so many other harsh chemicals has a serious effect on every family member, and especially newborn babies, who are highly vulnerable to strong scents.

Safer Ways to Take Care of Stubborn Drains

Instead of allowing the drain to clog up, households are recommended to change daily habits to keep the pipes clean. Flushing out the drain with hot water immediately after doing the dishes will go a long way. There is also natural detergents that don’t clog up as easily when washing the dishes. Pressure applications and drain snakes tend to also work well. Those who don’t need to go to those extremes can rely on natural mixtures, such as a combination of vinegar and baking soda to clear away the fats and oils that tend to cause the clogs. Not only do these smell far better, but won’t harm the little ones in the process either.

Take Advice From the Professionals

Chemical drain cleaners are used to do one thing and one thing only: to clear a path. Unfortunately, this also means the possibility of corrosion in the pipes. It may work well to solve the first few blockages, but thereafter consumers may have a bigger bill to contend with as they replace their pipes. Natural and non-corrosive methods will ensure the longevity of these pipes.

Cleaning the drain with natural methods is not only softer on the family but also kinder on the environment. The more research reveals about harsh chemicals, the more it makes sense to rather follow a natural route that is safe for the household. The prevention of illnesses and diseases should always be at the forefront of any cleaning expedition.


Jane Sandwood – Freelance Writer