How to Unclog a Drain With Baking Soda

It's funny how a little baking soda can make you feel like MacGyver. Baking soda's many abilities, from deodorizing to stain removal, make it a staple in most homes. Using baking soda to unclog a drain is cheaper than hiring a plumber and better for the environment than chemical-laden plumber's helpers.

Salt coupled with baking soda can unclog your drain.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Salt

  • Hot water

Vinegar Method

Step 1

Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain.

Step 2

Microwave 1 cup of vinegar for 5 to 10 seconds. Pour it down the drain.

Step 3

Wait 5 minutes, then pour 2 quarts of hot water down the drain. Repeat if necessary.

Salt Method

Step 1

Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain.

Step 2

Pour 1/2 cup of salt down the drain.

Step 3

Allow the baking soda and salt to sit for at least 2 hours, then pour 2 cups of boiling water into the drain.

Tip

Baking soda also deodorizes your pipes.