How to Unclog a Drain With Vinegar

Unclog drains with vinegar.
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Vinegar is a natural cleaning and disinfecting element that can be used to clean nearly any area of the home, including bathtub and sink drains. These drains can become clogged within just a few weeks when dirt, food, hair and soap scum collect as they rinse down the drain. Instead of buying an expensive drain-cleaning solution, you can use a vinegar-based cleaning routine that is natural and effective.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Water

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Pour 1/4 cup baking soda down the drain.

Pour 1/2 cup vinegar down the drain as well. When the vinegar and baking soda react you will notice a slight foaming. This is a normal reaction that will work to clean and unclog the drain.

Cover the drain, and let the solution work for one hour.

Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to wash away the loosened buildup.

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