Saturday, 2 days ago my mom accidently grabbed the drano , instead of the carpet cleaner. she came over to shampoo our carpet and half way through we realized she was using drano. She went over it 4 times with her steam vac with hot water and dish soap, then when she left we rented a rug doctor and shampooed the carpet 3 times. We called poison control and they said since it was diluted it shouldnt hurt us. the smell would make our head hurt, nose burn, burn that the reactions wouldnt hurt us. I have an 11 month old baby and I am just worried, because the smell is killing my head, making me nauseated, and my chest feel weird. Its cold here, like 30 degrees out side. we have opened the doors and tried to let it air out, but the smell wont go away so easily. What should I do ?! mostly just want my daughter to be safe!
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The best thing would be to leave the windows open as you have and not use the room for a few days. There will be no harmful effects as such. However the smell takes time to go. It will be a good idea to air the carpet outside in open and in sun if possible.
Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
I saw your post about Drano and thought you might be able to help me. A few days ago I poured liquid Drano in my garbage disposal, not because it was clogged but because it had broken and there was still some food in it that was starting to smell. I thought the Drano would dissolve the food so it would go down the drain.
That part worked, and I flushed it with hot water for a few minutes. But then, after I took a supplement (acetyl-L-carnitine, if it matters) and drank water from a glass that had been sitting on the counter, the water tasted unusual. I assumed some of the Drano, while being rinsed away with hot water, had dissolved into the air and setted on the glass, so I called poison control and they said not to worry. I sprayed a supplement called PCA-RX from the company Maxam Nutraceuticals in my mouth, and then took something called Natural Cellular Defense, made by the company Waiora. Both are similar to chelation, though I'm told they're safer and more effective. I normally take the PCA-RX but only took the Natural Cellular Defense as an added precaution. After taking the Natural Cellular Defense, I threw up and my throat burned a little, but I didn't think too much of it because I have a history of gastrointestinal and digestive problems, including GERD and intestinal candidiasis, and am not unused to throwing up and having my throat burn from time to time.
Then I ran my dishwasher, and in the morning the dishes had the same strange taste as the water from the glass the night before. I didn't know what to do about it, and was in a hurry to get to work, so, against my better judgement, I tried licking the dishes before using them to see if they had the same taste, rinsing my mouth out afterward. I ended up hand washing some of them before use.
That night, when I took another acetyl-L-carnitine, I realized it was the pills themselves that tasted bad, and remembered I had stuck my fingers in the pill container after handling the drano bottle, getting an infinitesimal amount of Drano on them, some of which I had ingested.
I had already taken 6 or 7 of these pills since the previous night, and was feeling no lingering symptoms at that time. Since I have been successfully treating my intestinal and digestive problems for the past few years, I have been on a restricted diet, adding foods to it gradually as my condition improves. I have recently started drinking something called Brain Tonic, a natural soda I would not have been able to tolerate a year or two ago. When I tried one yesterday, it was like I had lost a year of progress. It made me sick. I tried one again today and got sick again, though not as badly as I did yesterday.
Also, my dishwasher has continued to be affected. I tried running it again and the dishes still tasted bad. I took them out and ran it empty, and then put the dishes in and washed them again, which mostly got rid of the taste.
I hope the worst effects of this Drano accident will be a minor setback in the treatment of my digestive problems, and don't know what, if anything, I can do about that now. Do you have any suggestions? And are my dishes safe to use? Thank you.
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Well, Drano does have a strong smell that permeates the whole air for days together. The glass on the counter could have the vapors of Drano. However you have run the dishwasher empty. You can do so with the dishes two to three times and then use the dish. The smell will stay in your nostrils for a long time and hence you have a sensation of bad taste. The medicine bottle you can change. Open the windows of your kitchen and air your kitchen. Vacuum clean your whole kitchen—the kitchen slab, cupboards etc.
Well, your GI system is weak. Try some lactocacillus preparations and yoghurts for a few days to overcome the harmful effects. Hopefully you should be fine. If the condition does not improve do consult your doctor.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
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