Non-Toxic Drain Cleaner

Non-toxic Drain Cleaner | the beauty in simpleNot the most riveting topic, but it can be useful to know how to clear a partially blocked drain. This is my go to remedy when the water still goes down the drain, but at the slowest trickle. Using two household ingredients, baking soda and white vinegar, it’s easy to make an effective non-toxic drain cleaner.

Non-toxic Drain Cleaner | the beauty in simpleSimple Steps to Clear a Drain

  1. Clean the stopper and drain from any visible debris and gunk.
  2. Dump some baking soda into the sink or tub. No need to measure, but I use about a cup.
  3. Pour white vinegar – the cheap stuff that comes in gallon jugs – over the baking soda. You’ll want to pour enough vinegar, about one to two cups, to cause an eruption with all of the baking soda. Watch with great fascination as it bubbles ferociously.
  4. While the baking soda and vinegar are doing their business, put on a full pot of water to boil. Once it boils, being extremely cautious carry the kettle to the sink or tub and quickly pour all the hot water down the drain.
  5. Turn on the faucet and watch the water go down the drain fast and effortlessly.

4 thoughts on “Non-Toxic Drain Cleaner

  1. You said I ask tough questions. Well, here’s another one. What happens when you’ve done that several times and it didn’t work. Then you tried the recommended peroxide treatment and that didn’t work. Then you had your husband do major work with the plunger and that didn’t work. So you go to the store and get the toxic stuff, and it works like a charm. I’m trying really hard to be completely green, but sometimes it doesn’t work. Especially with really old plumbing.

    1. Kari, I so appreciate your questions and comments! You certainly get an “A” for effort on this one, and sometimes that’s the best we can do. I would celebrate your “green” successes and move on from what you consider a failure. It’s impossible to be perfect (nor should we even strive for it), especially given the world and culture we’ve been born into. I applaud anyone who is joining the conversation and taking steps, no matter how small, to make change for a better world. As for that old plumbing, I totally get it – my house was built in 1938. I actually do the baking soda, vinegar, and hot water treatment at least quarterly, if not more frequently, for a plumbing maintenance routine. You might give that a try and see if it helps in the long run. Again, thanks for your comments and readership!

      1. Thanks for your patience. Actually, one month on from that epic, in fact last night, the very day I wrote that comment to you, the sink has plugged again. We’ve decided to get a plumber and put up with the cost. Maybe then we can do the quarterly maintenance, as you suggest.

        1. Home ownership can be so frustrating (and expensive)! I hope the plumber clears the pipes and a little routine maintenance does the trick once and for all.

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