Washing Soda to Unclog Drains

No lye, you can keep your drains from clogging a kinder and gentler way.

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 grime.

By Annie B. Bond

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141 comments

Kiko Alfredoo
Kiko Alfredoo10 months ago

nice one

Dale Foster
Past Member 11 months ago

Thanks for information..

Alfred Smithh
Alfred Smithh11 months ago

fantastic article thank you

Micafranco Franco
Micafranco Franco11 months ago

very nice indeed

Dave C.
Dave C.2 years ago

thanks.

Bob P.
Bob P.2 years ago

thanks

PrimaAWAY B.
PrimaAWAY B.2 years ago

Interesting idea to try.
TY!!

Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago

Thanks

ER C.
ER C.2 years ago

Oh yeah, the vinegar & baking soda process works good !

Best to do in a dry drain ( if a slow drain is the problem )

I like to get that baking soda in the drain, then the vinegar, & CRAM an old rag on top of the drain so the pressure of the foaming goes down & not up.

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Lady Kaira
Lady Kaira2 years ago

thanks