I always wondered what sort of chemicals go into liquid drain cleaners to make them somewhat effective in burning through clogs caused by blobs of balled up hair. What I found out was pretty eye-opening. Some drain cleaners use powerful acids--like sulfuric acid--as their core component while others use chemicals like Lye to get the job done. These active ingredients are meant to dissolve the clog, but, in the process, they can also sit in the drain and burn through piping which makes leaky drains all the more common.
The truth is that drain cleaners like Drano or Liquid-Plumr contain very dangerous chemicals that are harmful to breathe in, life-threatening if swallowed, and damaging to the skin and eyes if they come into contact with those parts of your body. That's not something I want to worry about in my household, especially with kids running around. Solve one problem only to cause other potential headaches? No, thank you.
Unused chemical drain cleaners should be treated as hazardous waste. The packaging cannot be recycled due to being contaminated with caustic chemicals. Any cleaner poured down the drain can make its way into lakes, rivers, and wildlife. By our estimation, millions of gallons of drain cleaners are produced and used throughout the world on a yearly basis. That has to stop. Prevention is the best medicine, so products like the TubShroom and SinkShroom can go a long way in eliminating the need for harmful drain cleaners in the first place. Anyhow, here's one funny way to look at it: