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Natural Way to Clear a Clogged Drain

Natural Way to Clear a Clogged Drain

What would you recommend for a clogged drain?

Washing soda is an excellent choice for helping drains stay clear because
while it is alkaline—a pH of 11—it isn’t as caustic and damaging as the
commonly used lye-based commercial product. Ideally, use washing soda on your
drains once a week to keep them clear. Just pour 1/4 cup or so down the
drain, and then flush with water. Washing soda is found in the laundry
section of the supermarket. You can use baking soda instead by pouring 1 cup
of baking soda down the drain, followed by three cups of boiling water. The
boiling water will change the chemical composition of baking soda to become
more alkaline like washing soda. If you already have a clog, try pouring 1
cup of washing soda (or baking soda) down the drain followed by three cups of
boiling water. Repeat two or three times. If you still have a clog, try
pouring down 1 cup of vinegar. Being an acid, the vinegar will neutralize the
washing soda or baking soda and there will be some foaming and gurgling, but
sometimes this agitation is all that is needed in the end to dislodge the

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2:42PM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Good to know.

1:59PM PST on Feb 1, 2014

didn't work for me.

6:40AM PST on Jan 30, 2014

Why thank you.

10:26AM PST on Jan 23, 2014

For hair clogs, first pour vinegar down the drain alone to strip any oils or soaps that have attached, then do baking soda, followed by vinegar. Definitely helps if you don't wait until it's so clogged up it's ridiculous. If all else fails, not as natural, but using something like Nair will dissolve anything left.

12:02PM PST on Jan 22, 2014

And now thanks to C2, everything is now clear

11:54AM PST on Jan 22, 2014


4:59PM PST on Jan 21, 2014

I have been doing this for years and it really works.

10:05PM PST on Jan 18, 2014

very helpful

12:13PM PST on Jan 13, 2014

I like the baking soda and vinegar ideas. Will definitely use those options if there is another clog. Thanks!

6:12PM PST on Jan 12, 2014

thank you

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