Baking soda with lemon juice
Lemon juice (one cup) is a little more costly than cider vinegar, but it smells a lot better and works just as well as vinegar. You may want to use this mixture in your kitchen sink simply for the better smell. Again run plenty of hot water after the baking soda and lemon juice foam up for a few minutes.
Salt, borax, and vinegar
I found this formula, 1/4 C. salt, 1/4 C. Borax, and 1/2 C. vinegar, on Sage & Simple. I tried the mixture (followed by plenty of hot water) in my laundry sink and found that it took a while, but did clear the drain.
Most clogs develop due to various types of fats and oils that get cold in the pipe (think bacon grease) and solidify. Sometimes just using a kettle of boiling water will clear the clog. Boiling water can also be used with the above mixtures. However, take care to pour directly into the drain to avoid damaging plastics or cracking porcelain.
If none of these work
It would be irresponsible for us to publish this article without mentioning that sometimes snaking the drain is the only way to clear a clog. Drain cleaners are good for cleaning little bits of buildup from the drain. If you’ve got a big hairball lodged in there, they won’t do the trick. “Use a snake and solve the problem for good,” said Level One Contstruction Co. on Hometalk.com.
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