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Clearing Clogged Drains

Clearing Clogged Drains

My upstairs bathroom sink drain always needs attention: I think toothpaste is the culprit, but whatever, it always needs help.

You donít need powerful industrial chemicals as the household cleaning industry would have you believe! Find out the surprisingly easy and non-toxic way I keep that drain open.

When our drains get clogged, we have been unwaveringly convinced that nothing short of the most powerful chemical arsenal will work. As a result, most of us resort to commercial drain cleaners that are some of the most dangerous chemicals found in the home. Lye or acid, these products can harm health, the wastewater stream, and PVC pipes.

A gentle yet effective approach to coaxing free a clog from a drain is to use simple household ingredients instead of burning a hole through the clog with industrial lye or acid. There are even bacteria-based enzyme cleaners available in health food stores that eat the clog free from the pipe without harming everything else in which it comes into contact. And it is always worth it to try unclogging a drain first with an old-fashioned plunger; they very often do the trick. If all else fails, you might try an electric plumber’s snake, but it is recommended that to prevent injury, only professional plumbers should use this equipment.


Baking Soda Drain Cleaner
If water hasn’t yet backed up in your drain, pour 1 cup of baking soda followed by 3 cups of boiling water. The boiling
water will change the chemical composition of baking soda, making it more alkaline. Repeat a few times until the drain is clear.

Washing Soda Drain Cleaner
If the water isn’t going down the drain, pour a cup of washing soda over the drain area and let it set for a while to work its way down to the clog. Once the clog is loosened, use the baking soda method, above. Washing soda is more alkaline than baking soda, with a pH of 11. You never want to use washing soda if a commercial acid drain cleaner has recently been used in the drain, as they will strongly react with each other. You also shouldn’t overuse washing soda if you have PVC pipes, as the caustic nature of washing soda can slowly damage the plastic.

The Bubbling Method Using Vinegar and Baking Soda
Baking soda and vinegar react with each other to cause bubbles and fizzing. Sometimes the fizzing can unlodge clogs. Follow the baking soda and boiling water formula, above, with 1 cup of vinegar.

Enzyme Drain and Garbage Disposal Maintenance
All natural living enzyme culture drain cleaners will actually eat and break down any organic matter. Using enzyme drain cleaners once a month, such as Bi-O-Kleen’s Bacout, will help not just your drains, but your septic system. They will also significantly reduce odor from garbage disposals. Colonies of enzymes will actually continue to grow and break down organic matter in your drains .

Washing Soda Maintenance
Enzymes don’t work as well on hair clogs, so to keep drains clear that tend to collect hair, such as in the shower and bath. A few times a month pour 1 cup of washing soda followed by a thorough flushing of water.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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4:28AM PDT on Sep 10, 2015

This is my very first time that I am visiting here and I’m truly pleasurable to see everything at one place. bathroom design and installation

10:41AM PDT on Jun 10, 2015

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8:17AM PDT on Apr 3, 2015

I want to find a way to clear out my sinks without the harsh chemicals. It's mostly just because I don't like breathing them in, but I've heard they aren't that effective anyways. Do you think the baking soda will help with the smell? We get the strangest smells from our sinks sometimes. It's a rotten egg, sulfuric kind of smell.

12:30PM PDT on Mar 18, 2015

These methods will often work, but you can usually find a zip-it drain snake at a local store. They have saw-tooth shaped hooks, so they past through the clog and when you pull back, they pull out the clog. It's very simple and cheap and will help you clear a drain without chemicals.

Jim |

10:07AM PDT on Mar 17, 2015

I have tried using several drain clog removing tools, as a plumber none of them is as good as Drain-FX. Plungers normally break if the suction is difficult for it to take, Drano is an extremely toxic and can cause serious lung damage, it can make you end up in hospital. Baking soda and vinegar did not work for me, it looked more like a cooking recipe which too clogged in my drain. Some of the tools that we get in stores like auger or snake or not as effective as Drain-FX. In my experience this saves me time at my work, normally it can take me half to one hour clearing a clogged drain, but with Drain-FX it only takes me 1 to 2 minutes, and it is so easy to use any layman can unclog his/her drain with ease, honestly he even doesn't have to hire a plumber. For me or any plumber to do such simple charge we normally charge $80.00 to $140.00, there are few other who would charge even more. I would recommend this Drain-FX to every house owner, to keep one in handy always is better than running in circles when there is a drain clog. You can buy Drain-fx online from their website drain-fx(dot)com, I bought it from there, honestly it is an awesome drain clog removing tool!

3:07AM PST on Feb 9, 2015

Nice post. This tips are really helpful for individual as well as drain cleaning services provider. Keep up the great work.

8:50AM PST on Feb 6, 2015

Every Drain should be clean. There are many services that can make it happen , but I found one that's really good and I recommend it.

2:04AM PST on Dec 15, 2014

I really enjoy reading and also appreciate your work.

10:39PM PDT on Oct 27, 2014

I was pinning away for such type of blogs, thanks for posting this for us. jandpdrainage

3:40AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

thanks for advice

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