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How to unclog a drain {Naturally}

Posted by  ·  February 20, 2014  ·  Last Updated: February 20, 2014

Unclog a drain the natural way with two items you probably already have on hand {costs almost nothing}!  Here is the deal I know you are not supposed to send potato peels down the drain….but well somehow they ended up down there, has that happened to you? I didn’t want to call and plumber and the water was spinning and coming back up, so in a pinch I gave this a try and wow it unclogged the drain!  So before you call the plumber give this home remedy a try. I do love a good household tip that saves time and money! You won’t believe how I make my grill non-stick! It is another clever natural cleaner.

Unclog Drain

How to unclog a drain

First remove standing water.  Pour about a 1/2 box of baking soda in the drain. Then pour in about a cup of white vinegar. Let this mixture sit in the drain for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes pour about 4 quarts of hot or boiling water down the drain. This should do the trick. If not, plunge a few times (yes a toilet plunger really works). If that doesn’t loosen try a second cup of baking soda followed by pouring another 1-2 cups of vinegar down the drain. Run the disposal and water as well, it should be working. Rinse with cool water. I hope this natural drain cleaner works for you! What is your favorite household tip? I would love to hear.

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  1. natalli
    Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
    So true !
  2. Jack
    Thursday, November 17th, 2016
    I highly recommend Drain-FX. I heard about it on the Gary Sullivan show and it turns your faucet into a mini pressure washer. It cleared my sink drains and I didn't have to use any chemicals. I purchased it online.
  3. Jean
    Monday, July 18th, 2016
    "Pour about a 1/2 box of baking soda " -- how big a box?? Your picture shows box but the bottom was blurry so I am not sure if this is a 1lb Box.

    Thank you!
  4. Rachel
    Monday, March 16th, 2015
    Will this work for the bathtub?!
  5. Sandy
    Monday, August 25th, 2014
    Why would it break the toilet?
  6. Debbie
    Saturday, May 17th, 2014
    Would this work to clean a real nasty oven?
    • Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
      Hi Debbie, I am not sure! It might be worth trying.
    • Alysa Fleisher
      Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
      Baking soda and hand washing dish detergent works great on ovens and pots and pans too.
  7. Barbara
    Thursday, February 20th, 2014
    NEVER, EVER do this in a toilet, though! It can break the toilet! Sink drains only, please!
    • Friday, February 21st, 2014
      Thanks for the warning!
    • Alysa Fleisher
      Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
      That's not logical and it has been recommended by plumbers in the past. I actually use this periodically myself to keep things cleaned out.