bd asked in Home & GardenDo It Yourself (DIY) · 11 months ago

I accidentally spilled acetone down my drain, what do i do?

So, I was trying to remove super glue from my fingers, but I accidentally knocked over my acetone bottle, and approximately 3-4 tablespoons of acetone spilled down my sink's drain. This just happened about 10 minutes ago, Google, bing, yahoo, duckduckgo, turns up NOTHING relevant. What do I do?

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  • M.
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Flush it through your house drain system by running cold water in the sink for a few minutes (a few gallons).

    Acetone may attack plastic drain plumbing.

    Acetone is flammable and explosive, but so is methane gas which normally exists in sanitary drain systems.

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  • 11 months ago

    Dilute the acetone with running water. Problem solved.

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  • elhigh
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    Well it's too late to do anything about it now, but acetone does affect PVC. If your drains are made of plastic, that's the most likely plastic and acetone won't do them any favors. Rinse with plenty of water and you should be okay.

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  • Anonymous
    11 months ago

    Just dump half a sink full of water down the drain and it should flush away out of the pipes. That is about it.

    As for the super glue. Leave the harsh chemicals alone. You will sweat off the glue and end up picking it off or chewing it off with your teeth. It does let go. Just give it time.

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  • Anonymous
    11 months ago

    Rinse your drain out. a few tablespoons isn't going to melt your pipes unless it sets in one place and softens up PVC so just rinse it down the drain.

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  • Anonymous
    11 months ago

    Your local Environmental SWAT team will be battering down the door shortly.

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  • Joe
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    Flush it through with cold water. Run the faucet for five minutes.

    If you have plastic pipes (very common), acetone may damage them. You want to dilute it, and flush it through to the main sewer lines, which are much heavier and possibly metallic.

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  • 11 months ago

    no action is required. the acetone will evaporate quickly

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  • J
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    Too small an amount to worry. Just flush it through with water. Acetone is flammable, but not very reactive. Will tarnish plastic.

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  • 11 months ago

    Nothing. That small amount will be diluted by millions of toilet flushes.

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