Eco-Friendly Ways to Maintain Pedestal Sinks
Commonly found both traditional and modern households, pedestal sinks are, its main difference with other kinds of kitchen sinks lie in the overflow mechanism that is incorporated in the pedestal sink. The drain stopper is typically attached to a pop-up mechanism that allows the user to raise or lower the stopper as required. However, the pop up has the tendency to make the vicinity susceptible to clogging from soap and toothpaste residues, hair build ups and other common causes of clogging. It is not advisable to clean the pedestal sink with a chemical drain cleaner since they are generally not strong enough to clear the clogs. If you are going to use professional strength cleaners on the other hand, heat can be generated by the chemical reaction, which has the potential of damaging your drain traps, pipes or your clean outs.
Using Natural Cleaners for the Pedestal Sink
The two best eco-friendly cleaners that you can use in your pedestal sink may already be in your kitchen cabinet. These are baking soda and vinegar. They are non toxic to people, pets and the environment, and they can take away odors and stains fast.
How to Do It
To make an all purpose cleaner that you can use for your pedestal sink as well as other areas in your kitchen and bath, get a cup of vinegar and combine it with an equal portion of water. Put the mixture on a spray bottle and use it in cleaning the surfaces of your sink. Make sure that you dilute the vinegar before you use it since it is acidic and can do damage if there is grout on your pedestal sink. If marble has been used on the surrounding areas, make sure that the vinegar stays on the sink.
If it is safe to use an abrasive commercial cleaner on your pedestal sink, you could use baking soda on it. Sprinkle some of it on the surface of your sink and follow it up with a spray of pure vinegar. Scrub the surface after 30 minutes or so and rinse.
Commercial Eco Friendly Products
There are commercial cleaners that are promoted as green products but you should always read the label first. You will be looking for a product that lists its natural ingredients by name. if you cannot find such an item, choose the ones that advertises what has not been included in it. These would include labels like “no petrochemicals” or “contains no chlorine”. You should also ensure that the environmental product you are using does not use dyes and is fragrance free. Dyes and fragrances do not do anything to clean your sink and they often contain petroleum. Some fragrances can also have phthalates, which are suspected of disrupting human hormones.
Product labels such as “non toxic”, “eco friendly” or “natural” are vague labels and should be avoided if possible. Instead look for eco friendly cleansers for your pedestal sink that has certifications from environmental groups such as Cradle to Cradle and Green Seal. A certification can also be given to a product by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through its program called Design for the Environment.