Monday, November 5, 2007

Long hair = eco-unfriendly mess in the bathtub

Dear Al Gore,
My housemate and I have a problem. We both have long hair which clogs our bathtub drain. Now, I have recently discovered that if I brush my hair, less of it ends up in the bath tub. However, this does not keep enough hair out of the drain to keep it draining properly. I have found that Drano is quite an effective remedy. My concern is the ingredients: hypochlorous acid, sodium salt (sodium hypotchlorite) and sodium hydroxide. I don't think it's a good idea to release Drano into the environment. In fact, the Material Safety Data Sheet says (under safe handling and use) "Steps If Matl Released/Spill: In case of spill/leak flush area with water. Keep out of watersheds and water systems." How can I keep it out of watersheds and water systems if I use it to unclog my drain! What can I use instead of Drano?

2 comments:

heykristopher said...

Gross as it is, I have a nifty long, thin plastic thingy with bristles up and down it like a tooth-brush. I use it to clean out the disgusting drain. And, if I'm mad someone -- I steal their tooth brush and use that too.

phoebe said...

You can also purchase a cheap rubber "Hair Snare" to keep the hair from going down the drain in the first place.

http://www.acehardware.com/sm-ace-hair-snare-drain-cover-6-pack-101--pi-1272532.html