The Natural Drain Cleaner for Your Clogged Drain

3 Materials
2 Minutes

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.
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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Suggested materials:

  • 1/4 C. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 C. Vinegar
  • 2 C. Boiling water

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3 of 20 questions
  • Cassandra Thomas
    Cassandra Thomas
    on Aug 14, 2017

    will this work on hair in the drain?
    • Ladyonyamind
      on Jan 28, 2020

      It didn't get rid of the hair for me although it did make it easier for me to pull it out. However I don't think I got it all because drain is still slower. But worked amazing in my other sinks, shower and toilet. Also I put vinegar and baking soda in a bag and tape it around the shower head. I also make a baking soda paste and spread it under the rim of my toilet. Then pour 1 cup in the toilet. I leave on for 1-2 hours. I put a couple drops of essence oil in the back of the toilet. So when flushed you get a nice soft scent. I put vinegar in a good spray bottle and start spraying the rim of toilet letting it clean deep. Wipe with sponge rinse and wipe dry.

  • Mary Ann Schetlick
    Mary Ann Schetlick
    on Sep 17, 2017

    Can I use this solution if I have a garbage disposal attached to the drain?
  • Ang28350828
    on Aug 20, 2018

    putting boiling water down your drain does not thin the rubber seal underneath the sink?

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  • Cbe27936732
    on Jan 22, 2019

    it doesn't work, because you neutralize the baking soda with acid ( vinegar ) the Hydrogen of baking soda is eliminated from the acid produces a neutral salt.

    Just use Salt instead.

  • Marilyn
    on May 2, 2019

    I tried that 4 times and o luck. I'll be moving on to some other options :(

    • Pfisher
      on Jul 10, 2020

      I use Sink Shroom, available at home improvement stores and Amazon, etc. Its just fits inside drain and works great. Just pull it out, remove hair, and replace. It's something else to clean, but a is much easier than a clogged sink. Wouldn't be without it. There are several colors to choose from. A tub Shroom is also available. Very inexpensive also. Much better than having to dump chemicals down the drain.


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