So I’ve had a slow-draining master bathroom sink for a while. Like a couple months. It’s been slow but not enough to seriously annoy me. About a month ago (when it was just a little slow) we poured a half bottle of the “drain cleaner” down the drain. You know the stuff. The wear-gloves-eye-and-nose-protection, don’t-use-more-than-twice-a-year-cuz-you’ll-ruin-your-pipes, super-caustic-keep-away-from-children-pets-and-old-people chemical stuff where you need to pour a half or whole bottle into the drain and then vacate your house. And it didn’t help.
And then it got s…l….o….w…
Like almost not draining anymore slow. I was ready to call in professional help. And then I came across this article shared on Facebook and I thought it was worth a try. So today, I decided to test out whether a natural solution could do what the mega-chemical couldn’t.
I started by unscrewing the top of the plug so I could get good access to the drain. Ahem, I’m a girl, with shoulder-length hair…so I first had to clear some hair out of the there. Yes, it was gross. Let’s move on.
That wasn’t the only problem though so I knew there were problems further down in the pipes. I followed the directions for using baking soda and vinegar but with the following additional tips/adjustments:
- I used a small funnel to help get the baking soda down past the plug (it’s the kind that you can’t fully remove).
- The drain was so clogged, I could only get about 1/2 cup of baking soda in there before I couldn’t shake any more down there. So I started with that and 1/2 cup of the vinegar, plugged it back up and shut the door (after being fascinated by the initial chemical reaction).
- 30 minutes later…I ran the warm water (it takes SO LONG to get hot water to reach the bathroom) and O…M…G… it drained!
- For good measure I let everything dry out for a few hours and put the second 1/2 cup of baking soda down there with another 1/2 cup of vinegar to really clear things out. (Don’t try to put baking soda down the drain if it’s wet. It’s…messy.)
I can’t believe that this actually worked! I’ve been seeing a lot of posts for natural cleaning and baking soda and vinegar always top the list. I think I’ll be adding these two items to my “stock up” list!
Have you tried using vinegar and/or baking soda around your house? What are some other uses that I should know about?
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