The Best Way to Clean Clogged Drains

Drain cleaner is an extremely toxic cleaning solution. It is so toxic that many manufacturers recommend using the entire bottle and then throwing it directly into a dumpster to prevent accidental and fatal ingestion by children, pets or unaware adults. While these commercial drain cleaners are an effective way to remove clogs in your drains, they can wear out the drains and even destroy certain types of pipes. The best way to remove clogs is to use a homemade cleaning solution that will dissolve the clog without damaging the pipes or polluting the environment. Be aware, however, that this method may not remove all clogs and you may need to repeat it several times to work.

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Clean clogged drains with a natural cleaning solution.

Step 1

Pour ¾ cup baking soda down the drain. Baking soda is a natural disinfectant that will help remove the clogs.

Step 2

Pour ½ cup white vinegar down the drain. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and will bubble. This bubbling will loosen the clog.

Step 3

Let the foam sit for one hour. Do not use the sink in the mean time.

Step 4

Boil 1 gallon water and pour it down the drain.

Step 5

The boiling water will loosen the clog and force it down the drain. It will also flush the baking soda and vinegar from the system.


Kaye Wagner

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.