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The Natural Drain Cleaner for Your Clogged Drain

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It happened again last week -- my drain got completely clogged after cleaning up from dinner. Commercial cleaners can be really caustic on pipes, besides being toxic, so when my sink or tub stops draining, I reach for some trusty eco ingredients, like baking soda and vinegar to unclog that drain.
Time: 2 Minutes Cost: $1 Difficulty: Easy
Here’s my clogged kitchen sink. Ugh, right? This is one of my least favorite issues to deal with.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials
All I needed for this drain cleaner was vinegar, baking soda and a cup of boiling water. Step 2: Add the Baking Soda
I poured about a fourth of a cup of baking soda right on top of the drain. Some of it settled into the drain and some swirled around the water. Don't worry - this will work regardless! Step 3: Add Vinegar
Next, I poured about half a cup of vinegar right in the drain, too. That's when the fun began...
See that? That's my favorite chemical reaction! Beautiful, frothy foam taking care of my mess for me.
When the drain cleaner has pushed through the gunk, air bubbles start coming up through your drain. If your sink doesn't start draining, just repeat steps 2 and 3 until it does. Step 4: Pour Boiling Water Down the Drain
I poured about two cups of boiling water down the drain to further clear out any leftover gunk that might have survived my foam cleanse. This also left my sink sparkling!
I love using green products to solve common household problems, and, bonus, it’s cheap, too!
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Materials used for this project:

  • 1/4 C. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 C. Vinegar
  • 2 C. Boiling water
  • Stephanie Rountree
    Stephanie Rountree
    on Aug 6, 2016

    Best natural declogger mix ever! Been doing this for about 40 years. What's old is new again. lol

    • Kathy Bitzan
      Kathy Bitzan Olympia, WA
      on Aug 6, 2016

      Always... but its a good reminder because sometimes I forget about how great these products work...

  • Delores Snellen
    Delores Snellen
    on Aug 6, 2016

    why did you not remove the sink stopper?

  • Barbara
    Barbara Lomita, CA
    on Aug 6, 2016

    This 'cure' has been around for at least 65+ years. My grandparents did this when I was a kid when the sink got stopped up. they also used baking soda to brush their teeth. and diluted vinegar with water to wash windows.

  • Elizabeth Ketrick
    Elizabeth Ketrick Jenks, OK
    on Aug 6, 2016

    I do the same but use the same amount of salt to the mixture. 1/2 c. salt, 1/2c. baking soda, 1c vinegar.

  • Maarit Aho
    Maarit Aho Finland
    on Aug 6, 2016

    I love this!!

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