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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Nicole H.
Nicole L.1 years ago

Good to know.

aj E.
aj E.1 years ago

didn't work for me.

Linda Wallace
Linda Wallace1 years ago

Why thank you.

Kamia T.
Kamia T.1 years ago

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.

Spencer Young
Spencer Young1 years ago

And now thanks to C2, everything is now clear

Kathleen R.
Kathleen R.1 years ago


Naomi R.
Naomi R.1 years ago

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

Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin1 years ago

very helpful

Susan B.
susan B.1 years ago

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

Liz J.
Liz J.1 years ago

thank you