I use liquid drain cleaner to dissolve the gross organic matter from my fellow humans jewelry before working on it. I keep Liquid-Plumr in a lidded jar and then set it in the sonic basket to clean off the crud. It says it contains sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide.
This my question. Does this stuff become saturated or does its chemical composition change once it reacts with and dissolves organic matter and so lose its potency or possibly become inert?
I’ve wondered because over time my little jar of drain cleaner works less well. But a larger concern is in the bigger picture, I’ve wondered about the millions of gallons of it that gets poured into our local water treatment and septic systems. Does it change to a less harmful solution once it reacts with the stuff in our drains or does it remain just as potent and only becomes diluted?