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Homemade Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners are dangerous to use as they are highly poisonous and caustic can cause skin burns. Also, they’re not always effective, thus leaving you with a sink full of toxic chemicals filled water. Alternatively, a homemade drain cleaner is perfectly safe, and not to mention perfectly inexpensive. To be clear, a homemade cleaner is not more effective than a commercial cleaner, but if neither is going to work, wouldn’t you rather have a sink full of a harmless cleaner than a toxic one?

And the fact is, you don’t always need the strength of a chemical drain cleaner. A slow drain often can be cleared with boiling water and a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. If you’ve ever made a model volcano erupt with this household concoction, you have an idea of why it works on drains. Baking soda (a base substance called sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar (a mild acetic acid) react together to create a fizzy, bubbly action that releases carbon dioxide. So why not have a little fun while clearing your drain?

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Clearing Clogs With a Homemade Drain Cleaner

If your sink (or tub or shower) is full of backed-up water, bail out as much of the water as you can, using a cup and dumping the water into a bucket. It’s fine to leave a small amount of water down in the drain opening itself, but the sink should be mostly empty so your drain cleaner gets as close as possible to the clog. Also, if you’re working on a sink or tub drain, remove the sink pop-up stopper or the tub stopper to gain better access to the drain.

This may involve pulling out the drain linkage temporarily to open up the drain. Now you’re ready for the homemade drain cleaner:

  1. Pour a small pan amount of boiling water into the drain.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain.
  3. Then Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into the drain.
  4. Cover the drain with a stopper, if available. The baking soda and vinegar will fizz and bubble a lot; covering the drain forces the reaction downward instead of up and out of the drain, but it’s not critical that you cover the drain.

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