Store-bought drain cleaners are expensive and caustic. Learn how to make your own homemade drain cleaner using this simple recipe. It takes just about five minutes, and you likely have all you need in your pantry: baking soda and white vinegar. After you're finished, your drain will be running smoothly and will smell fresh and clean.
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How to Do It
Just pour half a box of baking soda down the drain, and then pour vinegar over the top to create a foaming action. Allow the foam to settle and then repeat until all the baking soda is gone.
Unlike store-bought drain cleaners, you don't have to worry about this one damaging your pipes. It's tough on clogs, not your plumbing. Use it to clean your kitchen drain or your bathtub drain. You can even use it to fix a clogged toilet. Baking soda and vinegar are a powerful and versatile combo that you'll definitely want to add to your arsenal.
- For maximum effect, allow the drain to sit unused for a while after cleaning.
- Run hot water down the drain the first time you use it. This should help to remove any dirt or debris that was loosened by your drain cleaner.
- Get in the habit of pouring baking soda down your kitchen drain before you go on vacation so you won't come home to a stinky drain. Follow up with the vinegar when you get home.
Get Cleaner Dishes
If your dishes aren't coming out as clean as they used to, the cause could be a clogged drain. Make sure your dishwasher is maintained properly and avoid a costly repair fee.
Lansky, Vicki. Baking Soda: over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You've Probably Never Thought Of. Book Peddlers, 2013