Naturally Unclog A Drain With Vinegar, Baking Soda And Water

David Quilty

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March 21, 2007
unclog a drain

It is not a pleasant moment of realisation – the telltale smell sneaking from your drain, the slow draining when you take the plug out….yes, it is time to unclog your drain again.

You could of course reach for the Drano or some other terribly caustic substance to clear your blockage. It is a natural reaction, and too often we thoughtlessly reach for the dangerous stuff to get the job done, without even realizing that there are safer and more natural ways to clean out our pipes.

But, there is another option, far cheaper, much better for the environment and dare I say…even a little bit fun!


So, you can stop searching under the sink and in the chemical aisle at the store. Look no further than your kitchen pantry for all of the ingredients you need to unclog a drain without causing damage to the environment.

I have been using this method to unclog my drains for years, and I haven’t had to use dangerous products because it works so well nearly every single time. True, this technique may not work for serious blockages – in those cases you may need to call in a plumber. But you can use these cheap and eco-friendly ingredients to keep on top of the grimy sludge which likes to make it’s home under your sink.

This is particularly necessary if you use sugary scrubs and other gorgeous gooey products!

Here’s how you do it:

Ingredients Needed to Unclog a Drain

1. A box of baking soda
2. A bottle of white vinegar
3. A facecloth or a rag, big enough to put into the opening of the drain hole to clog it up.
4. A kettle full of boiling hot water

That’s all you need. Told you it was simple to unclog a drain without the bad stuff! Now comes the fun part.Vinegar and baking soda cleaning

5 Simple Steps to Unclog Your Slow-Moving Drain

Step 1 – Pour about 1/2 of the box of baking soda down the drain. This is done dry, so do not wet or combine the baking soda with anything. Just dump it right down the drain.

Step 2 – Gather up your facecloth or rags, and have them ready at your side.

Step 3 – Following the baking soda, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain. Immediately after you pour it in, be sure to plug the drain with the cloth or rag, filling the hole completely so nothing can escape. This is because the interaction of the two ingredients, vinegar and baking soda, will cause a “mini volcano” that will want to come up and out of the drain – but you want to keep it down there.

Step 4 – Leave this acid-alkaline concoction in the drain for about 30 minutes. While you are waiting, boil a tea kettle full of water.

Step 5 – After 30 minutes, remove the cloth or rag and slowly pour the boiling water down the drain.

Unclog a drain
Unclog a drain

All done! Your drain should flow smoothly now, the fizzing bubbles did all of the hard scrubbing work down inside your pipes with no need for elbow grease.

If your drain is still slow moving, you can just do it again. Easy! Sometimes I have had to do it twice in a row, but it doesn’t happen too often.

The important thing is that you can now unclog a drain without chemicals and in a natural way, so you can do it as often as you need to.

You can also use this technique to great advantage in your garbage disposal unit. Vinegar and baking soda are both incredible natural cleaners to have in your arsenal – although in most situations they should not be used together like this. But for times when you need a mini-cleaning-explosion they are ideal.

What are your thoughts? Have you used the magical volcano action of vinegar and baking soda before? We would love to hear from you.

 

Comments

  1. Great ideas, thanks! I hadn’t heard about using HOT water before…I tried it using cool water before and I didn’t work at all for me.

    Another suggestion…there is a product on the market called “One Second Plumber” that uses only compressed air to clear you drain. It’s really effective, check it out if this other method doesn’t work for you.

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  3. WOW!!! Here it is 10:00 at night and I needed something quick! Plus, I wanted something that I could use “naturally”. I wasn’t sure what I would find. This worked wonderfully! After the hot water was poured, it was all flushed out. (it was carrot peelings in the disposal).

    Thank you so much for sharing!!

  4. Another way that I clean the disposal is to fill it with ice cubes and cut up lemons. Run it and the ice cube and lemons help clean the blades and deodorize the disposal.

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