No doubt, Drano is one of the most effective drain cleaners. It cleans even very difficult drain clogs like magic. But there’s a saying that, “Every good thing comes with something bad as well”.
And this is absolutely applicable in the case of Drano too. There are several disadvantages of using Drano and the most of it is that it’s very dangerous and risky to use.
As we all know that Drano if comes into contact with the human skin can completely damage it. But if we keep the direct contact with Drano aside, there’s also another concern that many people aren’t really clear about.
That is, whether breathing the fumes of Drano is bad for the health as well or not. And this what I’ll be discussing in this article to clear out all your confusion. So, just give it a read!
Is It Bad to Breathe in Drano?
Drano has the potential to harm a person if inhaled as it can be caustic to the sensitive tissues of the nasal passage and the throat.
If you inhale the strong fume spread from Drano, it will immediately cause your nose and throat to burn.
The skins of both the throat and the nose of the human body are very thin and sensitive. Moreover, the tissue of these places is also very soft.
That’s why, while the skin of the other parts doesn’t visibly get injured due to the toxicity of the chemicals in Drano, the nose and the throat get affected very soon.
Besides, if you stay with the fumes of Drano and inhale it for too long, then it can even affect or damage your lungs as well.
And sometimes the situation might get even worse if the fumes from the Drano reaching the lungs get mixed up with oxygenated blood and spread to the whole body through the bloodstream.
If such things happen, it causes multiple health complications in a person and increases the risk of fatal diseases like cancer too.
Why Breathing in Drano Bad?
Drano contains a lot of chemicals that are very toxic and harmful to the health of the human being. The ingredient that majorly contributes to the toxicity of Drano is Sodium Hydroxide.
Sodium Hydroxide is also called caustic soda commonly. Thus, as you can see it is even named caustic because of its highly caustic properties.
This very chemical has the potential to completely burn the human skin or rip it off making it thinner gradually.
This is why breathing Drano being completely unaware of its dangers has led to a huge number of health risks and complications among people.
These health complications include extremely fatal issues primarily starting from shortness of breath, increased heart rate, coughing, irritation in eyes, vision problems to even asthma and redness of the skin.
Again, many times caustic soda and other ingredients of Drano like bleach and lye can cause painful stomach cramps when the fumes are inhaled.
Moreover, if your house consists of a pregnant, sick, or nursing member, then inhaling the fumes from Drano can lead to absolutely devastating health outcomes for them.
Also, keep your children away from the fumes of Drano as the skins of children are more sensitive and softer than adults and get affected very easily even with the least contact.
How to Get Rid of Drano Smell?
By now, you have definitely got an idea that the fumes of Drano are very harmful to the health if inhaled. That is why it is important to get rid of it as soon as possible after applying Drano.
But for the process of removing the Drano smell, you will have to be extra cautious as you might get exposed to it very easily.
So, wear face masks, gloves, and protective clothes before taking the steps to get rid of the toxic fume from Drano. Done? Now, start with the process of removing the Drano smell.
Make sure you are doing the process of removing the smell and toxic fume from Drano after your drain is completely clean.
Because through this process, you will be neutralizing the effect of Drano. And so, it will not be able to further do its work of clearing the clog.
First of all, remove any remaining residues of Drano around the drain hole using a piece of cloth or paper towel.
After that, pour some white vinegar or lemon juice gently inside the drain in order to neutralize Drano. Be very careful, so that the Drano doesn’t come back or splash with overflowing liquid.
Pour enough white vinegar or lemon juice so that it saturates the area of the drain. Then, let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Within this time, the vinegar or lemon juice will neutralize Drano and prevent it from spreading fumes and corroding the internal walls of the pipe.
After that pour some water. If it’s a sink, bathtub, or shower drain, then turn on the tap and let the water from the tap run for about 30 seconds.
And then, use an absorbent cloth or wiper to wipe out the wet surface to remove as much moisture as it’s possible. Dry the place completely after that.
Open all the windows near to the area for proper ventilation so that the fume and smell can get away and also helps dry out the surface of the place.
Keep on checking whether the smell is lessening. If the smell doesn’t seem to be adequately removed within a day of the process, then it is better to repeat the process again the next day.
I hope I was able to help you with the details provided in this article about the lethality of Drano fumes.
Also, hopefully, the process I have mentioned above to remove the Drano fumes will help you to recover the problem as well.
At the end of the day, it’s your caution that matters. Try not to use Drano unless there’s no other choice. Because health and safety should always come first.
Take care and stay safe!
James is an organic fertilizer professional who owns a successful organic fertilizer company in new jersey. He is an expert in waste management in both houses and community cases. In his free time, he loves to write about his experiences in the field.