06-12-2013, 06:35 PM
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Is there any way around an issue I am running into- I have started using Bigelow cream, love the stuff but it creates a lot of gunk in my sink and although I wash it down with lots of hot water it looks as if it may be starting to clog the drain. I don't get that with shaving soaps. Suggestions?

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 06-12-2013, 07:04 PM
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  • njpaddy
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I use baking soda & vinegar every 1-2 months to clean my drains and overflow hole. I used it more frequently when I shaved with creams. I also run a Zip-It drain tool down the drains to pull out any hair clogs.

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 06-12-2013, 07:34 PM
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+1 put a couple of handfuls of baking soda on the drain and pour a generous amount of white vinegar over it so you get the bubbling action. Let it work for a few minutes and then pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. Follow with tap water to rinse it all down well. Repeat as needed, every week or so.

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 06-12-2013, 07:47 PM
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Start using soaps?

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 06-13-2013, 08:06 AM
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Trumpers Coconut seems to clog my sink.

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 06-13-2013, 09:39 AM
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  • TexBilly
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Nice tips but glad I primarily use soaps!

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 06-13-2013, 09:42 AM
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Why do creams clog the drain but soaps don't? Most soaps have clay in them that I would think would clog drains too.

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 06-13-2013, 09:52 AM
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I've never had that problem and I exclusively use creams. That might be because I have hard water though.

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 06-13-2013, 11:07 AM
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  • Crag
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Hard Soaps are typically made with Sodium Hydroxide which is hydroscopic like glycerine. Creams are made with Potassium Hydroxide that reacts with the Calcium and Iron in hard water to make a very thick and rubbery goop which can clog drains. Drano works well to remove it. Baking Soda and Vinegar can also, but lemon juice would be better than the Vinegar for the scent, IMO... Also, the hotter the water the lesser the goop.

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 06-13-2013, 04:38 PM
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I have a hard time understanding how any lather, regardless of what product it's make of, is the culprit behind your clogged drain?

I mean, it's not like you're dumping cement down the thing, it's just lather.

Does it run slowly with just water?

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 06-13-2013, 04:45 PM
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(06-13-2013, 04:38 PM)VT_Hokie Wrote: I have a hard time understanding how any lather, regardless of what product it's make of, is the culprit behind your clogged drain?

I mean, it's not like you're dumping cement down the thing, it's just lather.

Does it run slowly with just water?

Thanks for the comments. I mainly use soap (Mike's) and have not noted any issue with that. I like sometimes to trade off and use a cream and that's when the problem starts. I perhaps need to run the water until very hot- that may help. The cream does leave a sort of goop coating the sink basin that I usually need to wipe up. My main concern is that the wife may hit the roof if the sink clogs up badly.

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 06-13-2013, 04:48 PM
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So is it just leaving a gunky residue in the sink, or is it actually causing the drain to run slowly or not at all?

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 06-13-2013, 06:03 PM
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I've used soaps and creams and never encountered this problem either. I do get soap scum in the basin from time to time but I can just wipe that down with a sponge. Unless it was combining with hair or something else in the trap I couldn't imagine how it would ever back up the sink. If it is running slowly and you can get the trap off easily I would take it off and clean it out see what you've got going on down there.

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 06-14-2013, 12:58 PM
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(06-13-2013, 04:45 PM)Snick1946 Wrote:
(06-13-2013, 04:38 PM)VT_Hokie Wrote: I have a hard time understanding how any lather, regardless of what product it's make of, is the culprit behind your clogged drain?

I mean, it's not like you're dumping cement down the thing, it's just lather.

Does it run slowly with just water?

Thanks for the comments. I mainly use soap (Mike's) and have not noted any issue with that. I like sometimes to trade off and use a cream and that's when the problem starts. I perhaps need to run the water until very hot- that may help. The cream does leave a sort of goop coating the sink basin that I usually need to wipe up. My main concern is that the wife may hit the roof if the sink clogs up badly.

Snick,

You can ask your municipal water district for the water analysis to see the total dissolved solids in the PPM (Parts per Million). Usually the problem with creams is that the Potassium bonds with the Iron and Silicate to make a residue (also known as a precipitate). It would take a LOT of residue to clog your pipes though...I would take apart the trap and get all the hair and gunk out of there. It's good to do that yearly anyway...

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 06-14-2013, 01:49 PM
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And my water is pretty hard.

And it does not take long for the pot I heat my water in to have a build up.

(You can look up your water district on the internet too.)

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 06-19-2013, 07:05 AM
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I had this problem at my old house. The water wasn't hard and I was using alot of glycerine soaps at the time to shave with. And I used alot of bar soaps like Zest, and Safeguard, to wash my hands and shower with. The pipes would get a soap gel like build up in them and the drains would back up.

Clayton

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 06-19-2013, 11:52 AM
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Try 'baking soda' and 'vinegar' once a week. Just a spoon of one and a splash of the other. Wash it down with a cup of hot tap water, let sit 3-4-5 mins , flush with hot tap water.

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 06-21-2013, 01:20 PM
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what size is the drain?

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 06-24-2013, 11:14 AM
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(06-19-2013, 11:52 AM)Johnus Wrote: Try 'baking soda' and 'vinegar' once a week. Just a spoon of one and a splash of the other. Wash it down with a cup of hot tap water, let sit 3-4-5 mins , flush with hot tap water.

+1 ... works like a champ, and probably easier on the environment than Drano.

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 06-24-2013, 03:00 PM
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  • Fab
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I had the same problem on my sink last week. Poured some Drano, let it sit for 20 minutes and flush with hot water. Worked pretty well.
I have never tried the baking soda/vinegar solution, but if it works I will definitely go for it. Much greener than Drano.

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