Don’t Pour Poison Down the Drain! Get Eco.

Via Merete Mueller
on May 6, 2008
get elephant's newsletter

My boyfriend is balding. But that, I can deal with. My problem is the drain—it’s clogged with hair and I can barely take a shower without the tub filling up. The bathroom sink is even worse. At any other time in my life, I would have gone to the local hardware store, picked up a bottle of Drano or Liquid Plumber, and been done with it.

But, as it happens, I work for an eco magazine and I’ve spent the last few days working on our Summer issue’s editor’s letter about the harmful effects—cancer, asthma, a poisoned watershed—of toxic cleaning products. Knowing what I know now, you couldn’t pay me to pour poison into my pipes. Luckily, Bill Capsalis (author of our Summer eco-cleaning spread) and other readers have helped me out with a few tips. Check ‘em out, and if leave your own ideas. I need all the help I can get.


About Merete Mueller

Merete is a writer and filmmaker, and was once-upon-a-time the Managing Editor of elephant journal's print incarnation, from 2006-2008. Today, you can find her on Twitter @meretemueller and on her blog To The Bones. Her first documentary, "TINY: A Story About Living Small", about people who have downsized their lives into homes the size of a parking space, premiered at SXSW in March 2013.


3 Responses to “Don’t Pour Poison Down the Drain! Get Eco.”

  1. asdf says:


  2. IKE ELUWA says:

    I am an inventor with a new innovative product “Titled” BATHROOM TUB and SINK DRAIN HAIR STOPPER (FILTER). This new product is designed to stop hairs from entering in the drain of a tub or sink. Patent pending. Seeking to license this product or an Investor. Thanks. Name: IKE ELUWA. Email address: [email protected]““““

  3. […] Bonus: Don’t Pour Poison Down the Drain! Get Eco. […]