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Asked on Mar 29, 2018

What's the best way to keep my tub and sinks running smoothly?

AmAtHomeNancy TurnerNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


I would like to use something like vinegar, baking soda and hot water, but don't know what quantities to pour in the drain

6 answers
  • Pam
    on Mar 29, 2018

    No need to measure....just pour soda and vinegar, some use salt too. Let it sit for awhile and pour hot water down drains.
  • Put a pot of boiling water down drain, add a half cup of baking soda and then a cup of vinegar & a cup of hot water. Cover the drain to let it work for 20 minutes, then pour another pot of boiling water down the drain.
  • I have boxes of baking soda in each of my refrigerators and freezers. Every month when I replace them, I pour them in the sinks and bathtub drains and toilets. Let it sit a bit then pour a cup of vinegar in each drain then follow with water.
  • Nancy Turner
    on Mar 29, 2018

    For the bathroom sinks, showers/tubs, First you have to clean the hair out of the drains. There is a plastic strip with barbs on it that is made to pull the hair out, the barbs grab the hair, use this until there is no more hair coming out. Use a quarter to a half cup of baking soda, I usually use about a quarter cup, and put it down the drain. I usually put about a cup of vinegar down the drain and wait at least ten minutes or until it quits fizzing. I then put about a gallon of boiling water down the drain to rinse it all down the drain. For other sinks, like in the kitchen, you omit the hair removal. I put about a quarter cup of baking soda down both sides of the sink if you have a double sink, followed by the cup of vinegar, wait, then the gallon of boiling water. This should help you keep the sinks clear. If you put a lot of gunky stuff down the sink, make sure you run plenty of hot water after doing that. You can decide how often you need to do this, but I don't think it needs to be done weekly unless your bathroom drains clog up real quickly. This also cleans and disinfects your pipes and drains due to the vinegar soak.
  • AmAtHome
    on Mar 29, 2018

    I use about 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of white vinegar poured down the drain. I wait about 30 minutes and pour a few pans of boiling water down the drain. I do mine once a month, it also helps keeps drains smelling fresh.
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