How to Unclog a Drain With Baking Soda

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Salt coupled with baking soda can unclog your drain.
Salt coupled with baking soda can unclog your drain. (Image: salt image by Andrey Rakhmatullin from Fotolia.com)

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Salt
  • Hot water

Vinegar Method

Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain.

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

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

Salt Method

Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain.

Pour 1/2 cup of salt down the drain.

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

Tips & Warnings

  • Baking soda also deodorizes your pipes.

References

  • "Household Cleaning: Self-Sufficiency"; Rachelle Strauss; 2009
  • "Greening Your Cleaning," Deirdre Imus; 2007
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