At home or in your business, you’ll likely be faced with many instances when using a toxic chemical will seem like the only alternative. One of these circumstances is in clogged drains. People may immediately reach for a chemical drain opener and use it repeatedly to get things flowing again.
As this just happened in our office recently, we thought we’d post a video about how to open up a clog without using chemicals. While we were posting our video on YouTube, we found another useful video with another alternative.
These options will usually work, so it’s good to try them first before reaching for the noxious stuff. Total elapsed time of our video is about 3 and a half minutes. We cut out some of the middle part, just for time sake.
Here’s another alternative, using a garden hose…please note–these guys had a caveat on their YouTube channel that said it didn’t work once, and since they had walked away, it overflowed. So…don’t walk away while attempting this one. Keep your hand on the nozzle!
Photo courtesy of Craig1Black on Flickr Creative Commons
Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. As a serial eco-entrepreneur who has started, grown and sold multiple green businesses, Scott believes that capitalism, true capitalism, can be a powerful force for change, but that our current version of capitalism is severely hampered by perverse subsidies and negative externalities that make unsustainable products less expensive than healthier alternatives. Scott is a vegetarian, an avid cyclist, and an organic gardener. Find Scott on Google Plus