Hard water stains do not only affect the surfaces of the bathroom sinks, but the bathroom sink drains as well. In order to get those stubborn stains away from the drain, it is necessary to pour some cleaning products into it. Common muriatic acid is not a very safe product to use because it contains a very toxic chemical called hydrochloric acid. This strong acid can corrode metal as well as burn the skin if not used properly. To avoid the harmful effects of highly toxic and highly acidic chemicals when cleaning bathroom sink drains, it is best to use eco-friendly alternatives.
Safe Products to Use
There are several products available in most homes that can be used to remove hard water stains from bathroom sink drains. The most effective ones are vinegar and baking soda. While vinegar and baking soda do not serve as effective cleaners if used singularly, the combination can be quite powerful.
Vinegar or acetic acid is a very common product in the kitchen. It is used to make sauces for different varieties of dishes, vegetables, and fruits. It is also used as a common ingredient when cooking. Vinegar has a sour smell and taste and that can be attributed to its acidic property. Vinegar is actually called acetic acid in scientific terms. This acid is weak, but can be quite powerful when used as a cleaner.
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a common baking additive or leavener. This product, in contrast to vinegar, is a weak alkaline and is also considered a salt. When heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which in turn makes dough bulge to form bread. When mixed with vinegar, this product creates a chemical reaction that releases carbon dioxide. This reaction is useful when cleaning stains from bathroom sink drains, as well as unclogging them.
Rock salt or common salt is also another eco-friendly product that can be used to remove stains. Although not as powerful as the combination of vinegar and baking soda, salt provides additional help in dislodging stains on the interior surfaces of drain pipes.
Removing Hard Water Stains from Bathroom Sink Drains with Eco-Friendly Products
The process involved in cleaning drains and pipes is quite simple. In this procedure, the following are needed: a cup of baking soda, a cup of vinegar, a cup of salt, one liter of boiling water, mixing bowl or container.
Place the baking soda in the mixing container and add water little by little. The idea here is to create a thick mixture of baking soda and water (not paste) that is pourable. Pour the mixture of baking soda down the drain evenly by pouring it down in a circular motion. Follow through with the cup of vinegar. Allow the reaction to melt the stain for about ten minutes.
Boil the water and add a cup of salt to form brine. Pour it down the drain and allow to sit for 5 minutes before pouring hot water from the faucet for about 5 minutes to remove the residue.