Many people are real fans of using bath bombs because it is believed to hydrate and smooth out the skin. One of the beneficial effects of bath bombs on the skin especially when you fill the tub with other hydrating oils, your skin will truly feel supple and soft as it loosens damages and peels off old skin cells. But the downside of using bath bombs is its possible effects on your tub and pipe surfaces. While bath bombs are super moisturizing to the skin because they can be made from citric acids, organic compounds minerals, and chemicals and may cause damage to pipes and ceramics materials.
Using a bath bomb is best after you filled the bathtub with warm water. Typically, bath bombs usually dissolve around 3 to 6 minutes, it starts bubbling, diffusing and releasing scents and aroma, forming salt-like granules, and fizzing. These are the chemical reactions of the bath bomb ingredients that react to the moisturizing and plumping of your skin. Yet, these are also chemical reactions that irritate ceramic, iron surfaces, and plumbing elements that cause clogs, rusts, and discolorations.
On the safer side…
Unfortunately, not all bath bombs are safe to use especially for your bathroom surfaces. You should consider that some bath bombs are good for the skin but are not safe for other surfaces. Most bath bombs and their concepts typically consist of baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch. These three primary ingredients are deemed safe for the human skin and are also safe to rinse off to your drain. Since they are gentle to your skin, these ingredients have organic and natural processes and sources that do not have the possibility to bring any damage to your pipes too. These are gentle elements like baby powder and natural oils. Use vegan or vegetarian bath bombs for a guaranteed mild and gentle compositions.
On the dark side…
On the other side, some bath bombs that are highly scientifically and cosmetically formulated may consist of alarming ingredients that are strong and rough. Beyond the luxurious appeals of these cosmetic products, you should be aware of their ingredients. If it contains the following, you may think again about buying and using the products:
Derivatives containing Benzene Phthalates
Artificial colors and fragrances
These ingredients may be irritants to the skin depending on the allergy levels of the users. These compounds are not organic which can also cause damage to your pipes, floor coatings, pipe coatings, and other protective chemical formations. Bath bombs are typically harmless when you mix hydrating oils and creams into the water. But always take note that these oils and creams are also organic and have non-evasive formulas. These cosmetic compounds are also not harmless if it has similar ingredients to your soaps and
shampoos that you have been using for a long time which do not harm your drains and plumbing pipes.
How to maximize the use of bath bombs while avoiding clogs
After using the bath bomb, you can make sure to avoid clogs by pouring hot water and vinegar down your drain. It goes down into the plumbing pipes and rinses out the residues that could harm the pipes.