A long time ago our bathroom drain was in need of some major help. It was moving slower than a turtle napping. And of course, whenever you have drain issues you are stuck with gross bathtubs and sinks that just slowly gather every little hair, dirtball, and other nasty stuff that’s floating around. Thankfully, making your own “draino” is easy. In fact, unclogging your drain doesn’t require harsh or toxic chemicals.
The power of Baking Soda and Vinegar
I’m pretty sure baking soda and vinegar are like the Batman and Robin of natural cleaning. I mean, combined these two are almost unstoppable.
When we had our bathtub issue my husband said he’d take care of it. And I let him. I was so grossed out by the whole thing (kind of an OCD neat freak, okay) that I didn’t even care what methods he used… I just wanted it fixed. (Clearly this was before my total hippie transformation.)
I tried not to think about the garbage he tossed down our drain in a number of attempts to clean it. I honestly had to leave the house each time he did. And while it was always a little bit “better” after each chemical raid… the problem was never really solved.
Finally, like the super woman I am (ha!), I told him I would take care of it. I knew I had heard of baking soda and vinegar for cleaning drains, and I figured “what do we have to lose”? I mean, this stuff is a whole lot cheaper than the toxic waste my husband was using.
Well, silly me… It took one time to get our drain moving beautifully again. Once. 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, some hot water, and a little patience and our drain was moving like a hare in the races.
And we haven’t had a problem with it since.
Ready to learn the simple magic of homemade drano?
I thought so.
How to unclog a drain naturally with baking soda and vinegar
1/4 – 1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 – 1 cup white distilled vinegar
1/2 – 1 gallon of boiling water (8 – 16 cups)
You’ll also need something to “plug” or cover the drain after you pour in the ingredients.
Before you begin make sure to remove any drain stops or plugs. You want an open drain for this to work.
1. Pour baking soda down the drain. Really get it down. I’ve used the skinny part of a funnel before to help “ease” the stuff down. (Ease, shove… whatever.)
2. Pour in half the vinegar and quickly cover the drain with something to keep the “fizz” going down the drain. (Sense a pattern here?) Once it has stopped fizzing, pour the remaining vinegar and quickly cover the drain again.
3. Keep it covered and let the mixture sit for 15 – 30 minutes. Use this time to boil your water.
4. Slowly pour boiling water down the drain. Nice, easy, and slow. Pour it directly into the drain.
Depending on the severity of the clog, you may have to repeat this entire process 2 or even 3 times. But trust this dynamic duo to do its thing!
No more chemicals (or wasted money!) down the drain. Sounds good to me.
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Have you used baking soda and vinegar to unplug your drains?