Are Bath Bombs Safe For Your Plumbing?

Are Bath Bombs Safe For Your Plumbing?

Are you someone who uses bath bombs after a stressful day at work or school? Have you ever heard that bath bombs can cause issues for your plumbing? Unfortunately, this is true. Bath bombs can cause your drain to become clogged, unless you take a few precautions to ensure that it doesn't happen. Knowing the issues that can be caused by using bath bombs and what you can do to prevent any problems, will help you take care of your bathtub's drains.

The Good
Bath bombs are a scent infused, fizzy bath salt designed to dissolve in your tub and relax your mind, body, and soul. Once you place the bath bombs in your bathtub full of warm water, your bathroom will begin to smell like a bed of flowers or perfume and the water will fizz around your body dispersing natural oils. Bath bombs are perfect after a hard, long day at work or after a stressful day at school. They also make great gifts and won't break the bank.

The Bad
Bath bombs are made up of a variety of chemicals and ingredients that are not always good for your bathtub's drains. Certain problems you might encounter include:

  • Sometimes the salts don’t fully dissolve. Partially dissolved epsom salts from the bath bomb will clog your drains. A few undissolved chunks can get stuck in the drain, which will then catch on loose hair and other pieces of debris.
  • Oils can also clog your drains. You’ve probably heard that it’s a horrible idea to flush oil down the drain. Oils will congeal when cold, leading to clogs and ruined drains.
  • Sometimes bath bombs contain more than just oils and salts. Certain lavish types of bath bombs will contain Undissolvable pieces like flower petals, confetti, glitter and much more. These tiny pieces look beautiful when floating around in the bathtub, but they can clog your drain.

The Worse
When it comes to a hot tub, bath bombs can do much more damage that can cause serious problems. Bath bombs can ruin the functionality of your hot tub in just a few uses. Tiny pieces found inside the bath bombs can destroy the jets and cause devastating clogs.

Fortunately, there’s a way to enjoy your bath bombs in the bathtub without completely destroying the components of your hot tub. If you use your bath bombs correctly, you are able to enjoy a bath bomb bath every single night without issues.

Place your bath bomb in a protective nylon cover. What this does is prevents the contents of the bath bomb from leaking into the bathtub and clogging the drain. Panty hose are also perfect for this purpose; just slip the bath bomb into the leg of a panty hose, then tie it tight.

Make sure you clean out the drain regularly with vinegar and water. Just pour vinegar down your drain and then leave the vinegar inside the drain for about 10-15 minutes. When you’re done, flush the drain with hot water from your tub. This should help clear debris and oil that bath bombs have left inside the drains.

Have A Professional Plumber Come Out
If your drains do start to back up even after the regular cleaning, a professional plumber can help you clear your plumbing and keep the drains flowing properly.

Head over to Bubbly Belle to order some of our one-of-a-kind bath bombs. 

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