How to maintain healthy indoor air quality
Last Updated on September 23, 2013 by Estrella
How to keep the air quality inside my home healthy
My doctor, Mary Jane Mack, taught me the following to keep the air quality inside my home healthy. I am not referring to vacuuming or dusting. However clean your home is, bacteria lives inside the drains, and bacteria is air-borne. Especially with the climate in the Northwest, we often keep our windows closed much of the time, so we are even more affected by indoor air quality.
The product I use is “Instant Power mainline Drain Cleaner”. There is no odor.
You can buy it at Home Depot in the plumbing aisle. It’s also available in some retail stores. You can do a search online. The link to Home Depot is
For each drain in your home, slowly pour 1/2 gallon (that’s half the bottle) down the drain. (except the toilet. I’ll talk about that later.)
For the drain used most –probably the bathtub / shower drain (with hair and hair product going through it) I would use the entire gallon the first time you ever do the drains.
(It is a good idea to wear gloves and glasses when you are doing this, just in case. If any gets on the skin, rinse with water first and then white vinegar.)
Let the drain cleaner sit for 7 hours (maybe it’s more convenient if you do this before you go to sleep)
Then before you use the drain again the next morning, boil some hot water and pour it down each drain, then run hot water down each drain for about 5 minutes.
You are done!
For the toilet, you can use either
Chlorox (lemon-scented smells better) about 2 cups
Bio-kleen Bac Out Drain Care Gel (the first time you do this, use 1/2 bottle)
(Bio-kleen smells good and is environmentally friendly)