Clear a Clogged Drain Naturally

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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!
  4. 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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  1. Robyn N. says:

    Good to know. I recently cleared two of our drains with some of the store bought stuff, and much to my surprise it did actually work. But it’s great to know of an alternative consisting of items I usually have around the house, is less caustic, and less expensive! THANKS!

    • Girl Going Country says:

      The chemical stuffed has worked in the past for us but we actually had a plumber once tell us never to use it as it ruins the pipes. And the smell always drove me crazy!

  2. Peggy Downing says:

    Thanks for sharing! The harsh store bought stuff has always worked for me, but it’s pricey – like literally pouring money down the drain! Good to know about a cheaper option that is also less harmful!

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