How to Unclog Drains With Salt, Soda and Vinegar

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Unclog drains with natural ingredients.
Unclog drains with natural ingredients. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Perhaps the most common problem associated with drains is clogs, especially in showers and kitchen sinks. While annoying, you can almost always treat drain clog, even with completely natural ingredients. A common solution is a mixture of baking soda and vinegar that creates a high-pressure chemical reaction that can break up tough drain clogs. The addition of salt can make an even more effective treatment as its rough edges act as an abrasive against the pipe walls.

Things You'll Need

  • Funnel
  • Rag

Remove the drain cover from the drain. If the drain has a pop-up cap, you must unscrew the cap. If the drain has screws that keep it secured to the shower or sink, remove the screws with a screwdriver and take off the entire cover.

Mix equal parts salt and baking soda in a bowl. Stir the ingredients with your hand until thoroughly mixed.

Stick the tip of a funnel in the drain. The funnel hole should be at least ½ inch wide to ensure the salt and baking soda can get through. Pour the salt and baking soda in the drain.

Pour 1 cup of vinegar in the drain. Quickly plug the drain with a rag to keep the pressure inside the drain pipe. Let the solution sit for a minimum of 15 minutes.

Boil a large pot of water after the solution sits for 15 minutes. Pour the hot water down the drain to push everything through.

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