Bathing scrubs, salts, oils, and bombs are all the rage as 2020 has been the year of self-care. The pandemic left many of us alone at home and without our normal stress-relieving activities, and people turned to the internet for DIY approaches to a typical spa day pampering.
Taking care of ourselves is more important now than ever, but make sure you know the risks, and how to use bath products safely so they don’t harm your plumbing or health.
There is some back and forth on how bath bombs can affect the health of your family and the health of your plumbing. Some studies link active ingredients in bath bombs to increased rates of yeast and urinary tract infections, and food dyes commonly found in bath bombs can get into your bloodstream through cuts or irritated skin. Additionally, bath bombs with products such as glitter or flower petals can clog your drain and even pollute water sources.
Still, other experts suggest that your skin’s sensitivity can be the determining factor in whether or not you use bath bombs. Dermatologist Alok Vij, MD from the Cleveland Clinic, suggests using bath bombs sparingly and rinsing off after a bath to reduce your skin’s exposure to any chemicals.
Bath bombs aren’t the only products that can be detrimental. Other popular bathing products such as exfoliators and oils can have a negative impact on you or the longevity of your plumbing.
Knowing the danger is half the battle, and just because products may cause a risk doesn’t mean you need to stop using them completely. Use a stocking as a DIY bath bomb holder to prevent solid particles from flowing down the drain. Contact our professional plumbers at (720) 548-2770 for plumbing tips and services.