Enzymatic drain cleaners are safer to use, environmentally-friendly, cheaper and simpler. Although some chemical-based drain cleaners in the market today claim through their advertisements that they are safer to use, we don’t want to risk the health and safety of ourselves and our family. Enzymatic biological drain cleaners are now available in the market and these eco-friendly cleaners are non-caustic and toxic free, therefore not harsh to humans, pets and especially the environment.
What are the benefits of enzyme drain cleaners? With consumers nowadays getting environmentally-conscious and resorting to organic products for everyday use and consumption from food to personal hygiene products and other basic necessities, using enzyme-based drain cleaners as alternatives is a sure fire revolutionary way to clean and maintain drain lines. These especially formulated alternative cleaners are useful for those living a green lifestyle or those who have allergic reactions to common chemical cleaners. We can veer away from harsh chemical-based drain cleaners by using these natural alternatives that are specially formulated to safely digest food particles, grease, fats and human wastes. Some don’t even have animal ingredients, are bio-degradable, non-acid and non-toxic.
Bio drain cleaners, as they are aptly called, were formulated as early as 1970s using a combination of natural bacteria and enzymes that help break down wastes plugging up your drain lines. There are also scientifically selected enzyme systems using ingredients like sodium sesquicarbonate, bacterial mixtures and proteolytic enzymes that are all eco-friendly and safe. (Ref. www.conoverplumbing.com)
“Green” drain cleaners use enzymes and bacteria that feed naturally on common organic waste materials such as left over food particles and hair that clog drain lines. Enzymes are produced from the bacteria “Bacillus” wherein each enzyme has distinct functions. Proteases help breakdown protein-based wastes, amylases work on carbohydrates and starch while the lipolases help break down fats or lipids.
Using enzymatic cleaners helps reduce environmental impact and helps keep consumers safe from harmful chemicals found in common cleaning agents. Enzyme cleaners can also remove odors by fighting the materials causing the odor. (Ref. www.wisegeek.com) These eco-friendly cleaners can be bought at your local “green” and organic stores. Another option is Norwex Drain Care.
A mild, yet effective, way to de-clog a drain is to use simple household ingredients found right in your own kitchen instead of burning a hole through the clog with harmful chemical-based drain cleaners containing lye or acid and other poisonous substances. Some “homemade recipes” use citric, lemon or lime, an alternative to vinegar combined with baking soda and warm water to wash and eat away those pesky wastes allowing your drain to run free.
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