Natural Homemade Drain Detergent for Bathtubs

Ensuring a clean living space is paramount for everyone, and that includes not just our clothes but also our bathrooms, particularly the bathtub drains.

We often overlook the importance of using the right cleaning agents for different parts of our homes.

While many are focused on keeping their clothes fresh and fragrant, it’s essential to also keep your bathtub drains clear and odor-free.

Why avoid commercial drain cleaners?

Many commercial detergents, while effective for clothes, contain harsh chemicals that can damage the fabric’s integrity and longevity. They can leave behind a strong, chemical-induced fragrance rather than a natural, pleasant one.

And while dishwasher soap may be readily available and cheap, it’s not the ideal choice for your clothes or drains.

Some dishwasher soaps contain harmful chemicals like phosphates, formaldehyde, and EDTA (ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid).

These substances not only harm the environment but can also lead to potential health issues for users. Phosphates, for instance, can be detrimental to natural water sources.

Choosing the Right Drain Detergent

For your bathtub drain, it’s essential to use a detergent specifically designed for that purpose.

Why? Well, a product tailored for drains will not only ensure effective cleaning but also maintain the drain’s health, ensuring longevity and reduced blockages.

DIY Drain Detergent Recipes

Instead of relying on commercial products, consider making your own natural homemade drain detergent. It’s eco-friendly, safe, and effective for your bathtub drains.

Here are two different recipes for drain detergents you can make today – powdered and liquid.

Powdered Drain Detergent Recipe:

Most preferred because of its refreshing natural scent.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of oxygen booster
  • 1 cup of borax
  • 1 bar of grated soap (choose a natural, unscented variety)
  • 1 cup of washing soda
  • 20 drops of lemon essential oil (for fragrance)

How to make it:

  • In a large bowl, combine washing soda and borax.
  • Add the grated soap and mix thoroughly.
  • Drizzle in the lemon essential oil while stirring to distribute evenly.
  • Once well-mixed, store your powdered detergent in an airtight container or jar.

Usage:

  • Regular Maintenance: Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of the powdered detergent directly into the drain. Allow it to sit for 30-45 minutes. This will help break down any emerging build-ups and keep odors at bay.
  • For Slow Drains or Minor Blockages: Pour 1/4 cup of the powdered detergent into the drain, followed by a kettle of boiling water. The combination of the detergent and the boiling water should help break down most minor blockages. Let it sit for 30 minutes before flushing with tap water.
  • Preventative Measure: If you’re looking to keep your drains clear and extend the time between deeper cleanings, use 1 tablespoon of the powdered detergent in the drain, followed by warm tap water, once a week.

Liquid Drain Detergent Recipe:

Effective for maintaining a clean drain and breaking down tougher blockages.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bar of grated soap (choose a natural, unscented variety)
  • 10 cups of water
  • 1 cup of borax
  • 1 cup of washing soda
  • 20 drops of lemon essential oil (or your preferred fragrance)

How to make it:

  1. In a large pot, add 4 cups of water and the grated soap.
  2. Heat on medium, stirring continuously until the soap completely dissolves.
  3. Add the washing soda and borax to the pot and stir until dissolved. This mixture will thicken as you stir.
  4. Remove from heat and add 6 cups of cold water. Mix well.
  5. Once cooled a bit, add the essential oil and stir to distribute evenly.
  6. Store your liquid detergent in a large container or jug. Shake well before each use.

Usage:

  • Regular Maintenance: Pour 1/2 cup of the liquid detergent directly into the drain. Allow it to sit for 30-45 minutes. This will help dissolve any emerging build-ups, reduce soap scum, and combat odors.
  • For Slow Drains or Minor Blockages: Pour 1 cup of the liquid detergent into the drain. Let it sit for 1 hour, allowing its ingredients to break down potential obstructions. Afterwards, flush with a kettle of boiling water to help clear out the remnants.
  • Preventative Measure: To keep your drains running smoothly and extend the time between deeper cleanings, use 1/4 cup of the liquid detergent followed by warm tap water once a week.

Both the liquid detergent and powdered detergent are designed for bathtub drains to make sure they stay clear and free from blockages. Always shake and mix them before use, since natural ingredients can settle over time.

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