Hydrochloric acid, lye (sodium or potassium hydroxide), sodium hypochlorite, sodium nitrate, sulfuric acid, trichlorobenzene, trichloroethane
Irritant, highly corrosive
Use and storage:
- Use according to label instructions. Avoid adding a drain opener to a toilet bowl that contains toilet bowl cleaners.
- Do not mix with bleach.
- Do not allow to splash or touch skin or eyes.
- Cover exposed skin and wear chemical splash goggles and heavy rubber gloves.
- Avoid breathing vapors. Keep container lid tightly closed when not in use and store in a locked cabinet or out of reach of children.
- Best: Use up or give away. Dispose of empty container in the garbage.
- Second Best: Hold for a household hazardous waste collection. In Oregon, call 1-800-732-9253 to find out if there is a hazardous waste collection event scheduled in your community, or call your garbage hauler, local government solid waste department or the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at (503) 229-5913 or toll-free at 1-800-452-4011.
Alternatives for general cleaning:
- An ounce of prevention will save you pounds of trouble. Use a drain strainer to trap food particles and hair. Collect grease in cans instead of pouring it down the drain. Pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain weekly to melt fat that may be building up.
- Remove the trap and clean out the obstruction with a plunger and/or a plumber’s snake.
- For clogged kitchen drains, pour ½ cup of baking soda, followed by ½ cup of vinegar, down the drain. Cover drain and let sit 15 minutes. Rinse with 2 quarts of boiling water. The pressure created by the heat of the chemical reaction is often enough to open a clogged drain.
- A good preventive measure is to give your drains a weekly baking soda and vinegar treatment. It will also keep them smelling fresh.
For LOADS of green cleaning suggestions, we recommend:
“The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning” by Karyn Siegel-Maier