Homemade drain cleaner and homemade drain deodorizer will save you money and keep toxins out of the environment.
The commercial options like Liquid Plumber and Drano are not only expensive, they’re extremely toxic
and the harsh chemicals are hard on your plumbing, not to mention what it does
to the environment.
Before you go that route, why not try a natural drain cleaner with a simple drain cleaner recipe?
Your drain is clogged, now what?
First of all, if it’s your shower drain I recommend you first try to extract hair that may be clogging the drain, often that alone solves the problem.
Yes, it can be tricky to do, depending on your drain but I’ve manipulated a large paper clip by bending it so the bottom hooks the clog hair to pull up and the top of the clip wide enough to catch if I dropped it, avoiding further clogging.
If you suspect there’s a clog further down, you can always do the same with a coat hanger, anything to help pull up the hair to where you can pull it out.
Yes, I know it’s not a pretty thing but there’s nothing like getting to the root of the problem!!
So, maybe it’s a kitchen sink drain or bathroom sink drain where hair is not the issue.
A WARNING BEFORE YOU GET STARTED:
To avoid any chemical reaction, do not try the recipe below if you’ve already poured a commercial product down the drain. Also, do not use a sink plunger, the chemicals could back splash on you.
The following recipe is great but only if you haven’t already tried a commercial product.
Baking Soda and Vinegar drain cleaner - Before applying your drain cleaner, try to remove as much of the standing water as possible.
Once you’ve done this, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain and immediately add 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
Plug with the stopper to keep the reaction between the two ingredients concentrated on the clog and after 20-30 minutes pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain to flush it.
If it remains clogged, try it again before bed time and allow it to sit over night, flushing with the boiled water in the morning.
Unclogging a slow drain or for maintenance, you can use ¼ c of the baking soda followed by ¼ c of white vinegar, let sit for 10-15 minutes and just run hot water for a bit.
This will help keep your drains clear and deodorized.
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