Naturally Unclog A Drain With Vinegar, Baking Soda And Water


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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.

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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.

  6. Thanks a lot for sharing these valuable tips. Looks like I don’t need a plumber anymore and can solve all blocked drains on my own now. I also recommend to read through the hints there. I love all of these sites helping me to do things on my own…

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