A drain needs cleaned on occasion to wash away residue that leads to clogging. When your drain becomes clogged, water empties from your sink or bathtub more slowly, often leaving dirty, standing water. When residue stands in the drain and pipe, odor and bacteria also begin to form. While there are several commercial drain cleaners available at your grocery store, you can unclog your slow drain affordably and naturally by combining ingredients you already have in the home.
Things You'll Need
- Baking soda
- Boiling water
- Pipe snake
Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain, which cleans and removes odor.
Pour 1 cup of vinegar over the baking soda.
Cover the drain quickly. A foaming action will occur when the two ingredients combine, which will expand and work its way down the drain, breaking up the clogged substance and cleaning the walls of the pipes.
Allow the solution to work for 1 hour, and rinse the drain with a pot of boiling water.
Tips & Warnings
- Plunging the drain vigorously for approximately 10 seconds will often break up residue as well, and you can push a pipe snake down the drain, allowing you to break up heavy buildup without using harsh chemicals.
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