Jessica C
Jessica C
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  • Stoughton, WI

DIY Drain Cleaner

$2.00
10 Minutes
Easy

I love this easy all natural drain cleaner recipe! All you need is baking soda, salt and cream of tartar!
I use baking soda, salt and cream of tartar to clean my drains.
I use baking soda, salt and cream of tartar to clean my drains.
Mix 1 cup soda with 1 cup salt.
Mix 1 cup soda with 1 cup salt.
Add 1/4 cup cream of tartar.
Add 1/4 cup cream of tartar.
Combine dry ingredients.
Combine dry ingredients.
I use 1/4 cup of the mixture in my sinks, 1/2 cup of the mix for larger drains like the bathtub.
I use 1/4 cup of the mixture in my sinks, 1/2 cup of the mix for larger drains like the bathtub.
Follow with 2 cups of boiling water. It will foam and bubble your cloggs away!
Follow with 2 cups of boiling water. It will foam and bubble your cloggs away!
Jessica C

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8 questions
  • I have a bad nasty smell in my bathroom drain. not sure what it is or how the smell gets past the P trap... ??

    • Marilyn OylerY
      on Jul 14, 2016

      The problem may be IN the P-trap. Go to the hardware store and get a sink snake; this will help you remove hair or whatever may be caught in the P-trap and causing bacteria to form.

    • Jessica C
      on Jul 26, 2016

      The baking soda in this drain cleaner recipe will keep your drains smelling fresh. Using the drain regularly helps keep gases from coming up the pipes.

    • Karen D. Klinefelter
      on Aug 13, 2016

      all you need is the baking soda and vinegar

    • Joyce King
      on Aug 13, 2016

      Agree with Karen. Just baking soda and vinegar.

    • Joyce King
      on Aug 13, 2016

      Agree with Karen. Just baking soda and vinegar.

    • P
      on Aug 13, 2016

      Thanks so much for something that works without vinegar. There is so much I can't do naturally because I get so sick with smell of vinegar

    • NANCY DIEBLER
      on Aug 13, 2016

      I like this idea because it's already to go. You can keep some in pretty jars next to each sink in the house.

  • Tierney
    on Jul 14, 2016

    Does it work if you suspect there is a lot of hair in the drain?

    • Jessica C
      on Jul 26, 2016

      Yes! I am guilty of shedding lots of hair, that is part of the reason I started using it. I would use it once a week to start, then scale back to once a month.

  • Richard
    on Aug 13, 2016

    Is this OK on a septic system?

    • Tami Martin
      on Aug 13, 2016

      Yes, it's totally organic and safe.

    • Carol Bauers
      on Aug 13, 2016

      Nothing in

    • Carol Bauers
      on Aug 13, 2016

      Nothing in here to harm the septic system. I would not use the store bought options full of caustic chemicals, which could kill the good bacteria in the septic tank.

    • Connie
      on Aug 13, 2016

      Don't buy those tiny cans of cream of tartar. Too expensive. Get a jar of Bakewell Cream (next to the baking soda on the grocery shelf). It's the same thing but much cheaper!

  • P
    on Aug 13, 2016

    Thanks so much for solution with out vinegar.I miss out on so many natural cleaning and crafts because I can't be anywhere near vinegar without getting sick.

  • NANCY DIEBLER
    on Aug 13, 2016

    Do you have to use boiling water or could you just use hot tap water?

    • Pjs7569621
      on Aug 13, 2016

      Boiling water, to teally clean out the nasty stuff that builds up in the pipes.

    • Melody McLaughlin
      on Aug 14, 2016

      If there is a lot of build up in the drains (teenage girls with long hair) I might add a entire pot of boiling water and repeat a couple times.

  • Raewyn Andrews
    on Aug 17, 2016

    hi can you use it on a blocked toilet???

  • Fel33404644
    on Aug 14, 2018

    Where do you purchase cream of tartar from?

  • Dana Adams
    on Aug 31, 2018

    What are the amounts of each item?

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