Homemade Drain Cleaner

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Homemade Drain Cleaner
Homemade Drain Cleaner
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Learn how to unclog a drain naturally with this simple 2-ingredient homemade drain cleaner. Using baking soda and vinegar to unclog a drain instead of a chemical-based drain cleaner is a smart alternative. Chemicals can harm your pipes, but this natural combination will not. Best of all, you probably have vinegar and baking soda in your kitchen. When baking soda and vinegar react, it forms a foam that, with the help of hot water, will help push the debris in your drain through. It's an inexpensive and effective replacement for all of your clogged drains.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour


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After using the plunger on my sink for a day now I finally decide to try this method and it works in minutes. Amazing!

I can attest to this recipe working as I used it no longer than a week ago. The key to remember as well though is to follow it through with the hot water. I did wait the allotted time, perhaps that's the key. I think the only time it may not work is if the drain is blocked with hair as that will have to be removed.

I tried this once before on our shower and tub. They were both backing up with water. I think there was a clog in the main pipe. I put baking soda and vinegar down both drains and covered and waited a few minutes and it helped some. Maybe I didn't wait long enough or I didn't use enough. I will give it a try again next time this happens.

I tried this with slow drains from soap and hair. I was surprised. I will agree that doing it twice and having the patience to let it set is the key to getting the desired results. I don't think this would work on a toilet. I have very hard water so it helped a tad with that around the area but my water is like stone and vinegar doesn't really touch it.

I tried this last night and had great results! My sink was draining slowly but already I've seen an improvement. I repeated twice; doing it a second time was key.

I've tried homemade drain cleanser recipes before involving baking soda and vinegar. The combination of the two always seems to be the best for naturally unclogging drains while using no harmful chemicals, and is so much cheaper and safer for the environment as well as the entire household. This basic recipe has become one of my favorites, with it's easy to remember basic steps and very practical information.


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