how to unclog a drain with baking soda and vinegar

Anyone who has ever showered in standing water knows that a clogged drain is a mess and a headache. I wondered, could I ditch the toxic chemicals and still get the job done? I am happy to report that I found one simple, natural, inexpensive and effective solution that will have you dropping Drano, too, in favor of something safer for your home and our earth.

Pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar into the drain.

Let it foam and fizz for a few minutes, then pour a kettle of boiling water into your sink or tub.

That's it.

Sometimes you need to repeat the process a few times for a persistent clog, but it works. We've been using baking soda and vinegar on drains with good results for years.
[If your drain is clogged from hair, you're probably going to want another tool in your arsenal: a plastic drain snake, (like the Cobra Zip-It), is available at hardware stores for until three bucks. Magic, I tell you.]
It's a good idea to flush drains periodically as a preventative measure. Septic systems should never be exposed to whatever toxic sludge they put in industrial-strength drain products, but honestly, no one else should either.

We use a lot of baking soda around the house, but it can be tricky to find in bulk sometimes. We get ours at a farm/feed store.  Just don't go calling it baking soda.  It's sold there as sodium bicarbonate, and they look at you like, "Aren't you pretty?" if you ask for baking soda.

We get 50 lbs for $12.99 and use if for myriad tasks around the house--in in the laundry, scouring sinks and stoves, freshening carpets and cushions, deodorizing diaper pails, and in homemade deodorant, too.

How do you use baking soda around the house?

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Hannah said...

Good tip! I've used vinegar and baking soda for cleaning around the house as well. It's so nice to use something safe (edible!) rather than harsh chemicals.

Anonymous said...

Great tip! I use vinegar/baking soda for cleaning all the time. Next time I have a clogged drain I will try this.

Anonymous said...

This was the ideal time to read this tip. Now I'm off to unclog a drain! Thanks!!

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Great tip! Thank you. And thank you for telling us of economical sources, too.

Debbie said...

We use that "pretty" saying in our house too, so I got it right off! This is a great tip.

Courtney said...

i really had no idea how to do this in a safe, green way. very good to know one of our sinks gets clogged all the time for what seems to be no good reason!

Niki Jolene said...

Wow I am SO glad you posted this! Not only is buying the commercial stuff a waste of money, it is unsafe for the earth. I had no idea you could buy it in bulk either.


Excellent post!

Stop by and visit me sometime over at Free 2 Be Frugal!

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Ann Harrison said...

Thank you so much! I really needed this advice :->

(And yes, "Aren't you pretty?" translated just fine for me - loved it!

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

If only I read this sooner!! I have super long hair (that hubby likes I hate at the moment) and our tub drain always seems to clog. I just used Chemical Drain Solution and it stunk up the whole upstairs - I hate it. Next time I am going to try this because vinegar is better smelling then that draino stuff.

Lloreana Fazenda said...

O envio da mensagem é verdadeiramente informativo para mim e eu sou assim
grato a você por compartilhar este post informativo aqui. Otimo trabalho feito por você.

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