A Natural Way to Clean a Drain

baking-soda03_300As cathartic as one big spring cleaning can be, there is nothing fun about unclogging a drain (or shelling out money for a pro to do it for you). Instead, do a quick monthly maintenance flushing of your drains to avoid big, bad buildup altogether.

For a natural flush, pour ½ cup of baking soda into your bathroom or kitchen drain, followed by ½ cup of white vinegar. Cover with a wet cloth and allow the mixture to foam for five minutes. Rinse with a full kettle of boiling water. How’s that for cleansing?

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  1. KL

    The “soda” referred to in the tip is baking soda, not a soda beverage like Pepsi or Coca Cola. A mixture of baking soda and vinegar works great to clean around the house without harsh chemicals.

    March 24, 2014 at 8:13 pm
  2. Rachel Stein

    That’s true, KL! I’ve updated the post to say “baking soda” and not just “soda.”

    March 25, 2014 at 10:14 am
  3. Margaret Rieger

    This works like a charm, have used twice, once on shower and once in kitchen over past five years. Great relief to not have to use chemicals or call in a professional.

    April 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm
  4. gene

    vinegar will eat up rubber/plastic gaskets… so be careful where you use it.. ie never use in your dishwasher…

    April 10, 2014 at 10:39 pm
  5. Juliet LeBlanc

    Gene, that’s so interesting, I have been putting vinegar in the rinse compartment of my dishwasher for decades and never had a problem…

    April 11, 2014 at 9:06 am

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