Homemade Liquid Plumber

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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda

  • Vinegar

  • Measuring cup

  • Boiling water

  • Small cloth


Repeat this process as many times as needed. It may take more than one attempt to completely unclog a drain.

Clogged drains are annoying.

A clogged drain is a nuisance . It makes showers uncomfortably awkward and using sinks a race against time before the whole room's transformed into a flooded mess. While a number of drain-cleaning products are available on the market, the results aren't always guaranteed and these products can be costly. Save both time and money by unclogging the drain yourself using a homemade "Liquid Plumber." It only takes a few minutes and makes use of products you likely already have in your home.

Step 1

Pour half to three-quarters of a cup of baking soda into the clogged drain.

Step 2

Pour half a cup of vinegar down the drain and quickly cover the opening with your hand, a cloth, or the drain's stopper plug so the chemical reaction forces itself through the blockage instead of rising back up into the basin.

Step 3

Wait a few seconds and pour another half cup of vinegar down the drain, making sure to cover the opening to control the reaction.

Step 4

Wait about 15minutes; in the meantime, boil a gallon of water.

Step 5

Pour the gallon of water down the drain to clear out the drain. You can also flush it out using hot water from the tap.


Perry Piekarski

Supported by his wit, charm and love for language, Perry Piekarski is a professional writer holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Piekarski is the former Executive Editor of Binge Gamer, a full-time sales associate at Best Buy and, whenever he has an extra moment, a freelance writer.