Drain Cleaner

When you have a clogged drain and cleaning the trap doesn't work, do you reach for a caustic cleaner?  How about trying a very simple alternative.

I use 1/2 cup of baking soda, pour it down the drain, followed by 1 cup of white vinegar.  Pour it down on top of the baking soda.  It will fizz upon contact.

You want to keep the fizzing in the drain, so cover it if needed.

Let it sit for 10 minutes then pour 1/2 - 1 gallon of boiling water down the drain.  This should release the clog.  It can be treated a second time if needed.

To clean a smaller drain, such as that in a bathroom sink, I use half of the recipe.

It works great and the best thing is, you've probably got those items already on hand!

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  1. This is so timely! I just tried this method this weekend but wasn't sure I was approaching it right. I wasn't sure how long to let the fizz happen before chasing it with boiling water. I didn't do it long enough and I didn't use enough water. I'll give it another go using your suggestions. Love your blog!! Cheers! Teri

  2. Definitely give it another try Teri. It has always worked for me. Maybe the second times the charm! :)

  3. I use this but I never thought to cover drain.

  4. I would like to thank the author for publishing this great information here. Your article is very informative and provides great tips for the Slab drain cleaning.


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