Naturally Unclog A Drain With Vinegar, Baking Soda And Water

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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.

 

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  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.

  2. 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!!

  3. 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.

  4. I highly recommend DrainFX. It’s eco-friendly & effective. No chemicals required! I heard about it on the Gary Sullivan show and ordered it online. Cleared my sink, tub & shower drains! It’s reusable and so now I store it under my sink as a maintenance tool.

  5. Nice article. Baking soda and Vinegar is the best natural solution for unclogging a drain. Personally, there are only a handful of drain cleaning methods that I recommend people to use themselves because of the risk of them damaging the pipe, and Baking Soda and Vinegar is one of them.

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