We started out using a coconut oil and baking combo for our toothpaste, and then we swapped to a mixed paste with coconut oil, baking soda and some essential oils for “flavor”. But, we won't be using coconut oil for toothpaste anymore.
This year we had quite a catastrophe on our hands after using coconut oil for toothpaste. It also didn't help that we used it for many other things in our home. From cooking to lotion to brushing our teeth.
Having it be so damaging left us quite sad, to say the least.
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Why We Don't Use Coconut Oil For Toothpaste
After using coconut oil in our home for nearly 4 years now, having it clog our drains was not cool. We're talking clogging to the point where we had to resort to pouring nasty chemicals down the tubes.
Sure, sure there are natural options. Baking soda and vinegar… we tried it.
It didn't work. (insert pouty face)
Mind you, at the time we didn't know that the coconut oil was the issue. We'd snake the drain from our washer drain tube (it connects to the others and is the “beginning” point) and it would start draining better.
But, after a few days to a couple weeks, we'd be right back at square one.
We'd be standing in the shower with it pooling around our feet as if we were taking a bath instead. While it's fine and even fun to shower and plug the bath with the kids in there… it's not quite so fun when all you want to do is shower and get out.
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Busted Pipes Tell a Story
One day we were working on our pipes trying to snake the tubes again, because we were clogged back up, and decided to take apart pipe. Then we noticed that there was a patch of ground on the corner of our house that was wet, really wet.
It makes sense to me now that it was wet considering the amount of water we were forcing through our pipes and what we found later. We had been using a drain king to try and unblock the pipes before we cut into one.
Note: If you're not sure what a drain king is it's an attachment for your hose that expands to seal where the hose is inserted into a pipe. This helps keep the water going one direction and forcefully so.
Well, my husband and father-in-law started digging and slowly the water started creating a bigger and bigger puddle. At that point, we knew we had more than one issue.
When it rains it pours right?
I'm actually a little (read a very tiny bit) thankful our pipes clogged. It led us to find a cracked pipe. No, it wasn't crushed to the point of being blocked, but it was cracked a good bit and water was leaking out everywhere.
What we discovered once my husband started snaking upstream though was a BUNCH of coconut oil. It was coming out in chunks. My husband probably pulled out a big jars worth of coconut oil from our pipe.
Talk about a big bummer.
That was when my husband turned to me and said, “no more coconut oil at all in the sinks, toilet or otherwise.”
Just because he's handy around the house doesn't mean he wants to always clean our pipes. I guess I can understand that.
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Why Hot Water Doesn't Work
I've been told, “all you have to do is let the hot water flush down your pipes and it will loosen right up.”
Wrong. Dead wrong!
We flushed so much hot water down our drains when trying to clean them that you'd think nothing would be on those pipes. But, no matter how much hot water we flushed down the pipes it still clogged.
See, depending on how long your pipes are, that water will cool off eventually. When it does the coconut oil will adhere to the cool pipes rather than keep flowing.
What Are We Still Using Coconut Oil For?
While we may not be using coconut oil for brushing our teeth, we still use it in cooking sometimes.
We use it the most when making popcorn… mmm, yummy popcorn. Then, we'll use it in other things if we aren't using bacon grease or olive oil.
Other than cooking, I use it on my skin and in the lotion I make for my children.
Both of my kids have dry skin, so I make a mix of coconut oil and shea butter for their lotion. It smells soothing and helps keep their skin nice and moisturized. Not to mention their skin is as soft as can be now.
Lotion recipe coming soon, so keep your peepers on the lookout!
Have you ever had issues with coconut oil and clogged drains? If so, how do you handle it?
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