Make Your Own Drain Cleaner

Got a slow drain?  No need to go out and buy the highly toxic Liquid Drano to pour down your drain and risk corroding your pipes and polluting the water.  You can unclog it easily with this homemade solution.  Make your own drain cleaner.


a large pot of hot boiled water

1 cup baking soda

1 cup vinegar

First boil the pot of water.  If you can visibly see hair and debris in your drain, I highly recommend you clean it out first.  Grab a pair of tweezers and a paper towel and physically pull anything that you can see out of your drain and wipe it on the paper towel (this is the most disgusting part).

Next, pour the cup of baking soda directly down the drain.  Don’t worry if it forms a little mound and all of it doesn’t go down, the next ingredient will take care of that.  Follow by pouring the cup of vinegar down the drain on top of the baking soda and watch the bubbles happen as in picture #2 below (call the kids in to watch this one, they will love it).  The chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar will loosen the soap scum, oils and built up gunk that is slowing down your drain.  If you feel you need to use more than a cup of the above ingredients go right ahead and do so.  As you can see from the picture below, I usually don’t even measure.
Let that sit while the water finishes boiling.  DO NOT run the water or pour anything down the drain at this time.  Finally, once the water has boiled, you can slowly and carefully pour the scalding hot water directly down the drain as in picture #3.  Be very careful not to let the hot water  splash and make sure the area is clear of any children or pets before you begin.
imageAllow the hot water to work its way down the drain.  Wait about one minute before running any water and the water you run should preferably be hot.  You drains will be sparkling clean and clear.
To keep the drains clear you can follow up by pouring a tea pot of hot boiled water down your drains once a month.  To keep hair and debris from getting down your drains in the first place you can use a hair trap made of silicone or plastic like this one from Oxo:
hairtrapIt has suction on the bottom to keep it in place and it works!
Have any tips for keeping your drains clear?  Please chime in below.

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