Monday, February 1, 2010

In the flow, naturally

In Feng Shui, a clogged drain symbolizes being stuck, blocked, and, yes, clogged in your life. How? The clog starts a vibrational chain reaction that can result in an energetic blockage in the area of your life where the clog lands on the Bagua Map. For example, if the clog is in the Wealth Area of your home, you could find that money can't flow.

In addition, from a Feng Shui perspective, the plumbing system of your home represents the digestive system of the inhabitants' bodies. Therefore, the clog might manifest as household members being backed up, so to speak.

So you can imagine that when my bathroom sink started draining slowly recently, I snapped to rather quickly.

As an environmentalist, I didn't want to pour harmful chemicals into our water supply, so I did a web search for natural ways to unclog drains. Voila! The Good Human came through with a natural cure that worked like a charm.

Here are the instructions I used from

How to naturally unclog a drain with baking soda & vinegar

Looking for a way to avoid using Drano or some other terribly caustic substance to unclog your shower or sink drain? Look no further than your kitchen pantry for all the ingredients you need to unclog the pipes without causing damage to the environment.

Step 1 – Put the dry baking soda down the drain. I about 3/4 of a cup.

Step 2 – Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain after the baking soda. Be sure to cover the drain immediately afterwards with a rag or plug, filling the hole completely so nothing can escape. This is because the interaction of the two will cause a “mini volcano” that will want to come up and out of the want to keep it down there.

Step 3 – Leave this concoction in the drain for about 30 minutes. While you are waiting, boil a tea kettle full of water.

Step 4 – After 30 minutes, remove the plug and slowly pour the HOT water down the drain. If you have metal pipes (not PVC), pour boiling water down the drain.

All done! Your drain should flow smoothly now. If not, just do it again. We normally have to do our tub drain often because of the wife’s long hair, but it cleans it out every time.

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