Naturally Unclog A Drain With Vinegar, Baking Soda And Water.

March 21, 2007

Looking for a way to avoid using Drano or some other terribly caustic substance to unclog a drain? Well, you can stop searching under the sink and in the chemical aisle at the store, and look no further than your kitchen pantry for all the ingredients you need to unclog a drain without causing damage to the environment.

Too often we immediately reach for the dangerous stuff to get the job done, without even realizing that there are safer and more natural ways to unclog the pipes. 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. Here’s how you do it:

Ingredients Needed to Unclog a Drain

1. Box of baking soda
2. 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.

Steps to Unclog a 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 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.

All done! Your drain should flow smoothly now. If not, just do it again. Sometimes I have 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.

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Comments (56)

  1. David says:

    I have not seen that Marcel, I will check it out!

  2. Marcel says:

    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.

  3. Codedigestion says:

    I look forward to trying this out! Doing the ‘right thing’ is much CHEAPER!

  4. Kellie says:

    Thanks for this tip, I’m going to try it right now!

  5. david says:

    So did it work Kellie?

  6. Denise says:

    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!!

  7. MrTupperware says:

    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.