How to Clean a Drain With Baking Soda & Vinegar

A clean drain that's free of grime and clogs helps you reduce odors in your kitchen or bathroom. Commercial products can be toxic and create strong fumes. Clean your drain with baking soda and vinegar for a more natural and nontoxic cleaning method. Not only will your room be free of odors coming from the drain, your drain will be clean and free of clogs.

A clean drain helps keep your room odor-free.

Step 1

Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into your drain. Allow the baking soda to sit for about five minutes as it deodorizes your drain.

Step 2

Pour 1/2 cup white vinegar down the drain. The baking soda and white vinegar will react chemically, causing foam. This reaction is normal and perfectly safe. Allow the foaming combination to sit in your drain for 15 minutes. Any clogs present dissolve under the solution as it works to clean your drain.

Bring water to a boil.

Bring water to boil in a large pot.

Wash away dirt and odors.

Pour the boiling water into the drain, slowly to avoid splashing any on yourself. This water flushes the baking soda and vinegar down the drain as well as any dirt, grime, clogs and odor.

Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.