Naturally UNCLOG That Drain, 1-2-3!

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I never look inside my drain before cleaning it.  I can only imagine the horror of what’s under the strainer grate.

The cleaning process is three simple steps using three main ingredients – plus water.

Naturally Unclog That Drain in 3 Simple Steps!

I go further with a fourth step for our shower drain, but that’s not necessary for most drains.

Drain Cleaner Ingredients

Step 1: Mix the salt and baking soda (recipe quantities below) in a small bowl.

Drain Cleaner Ingredients

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1,2,3 - Naturally UNCLOG That Drain!
 
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Clean your drains the natural way.
Kim:
Recipe type: Cleaning Recipe
Ingredients
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup salt
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 quart boiling water
Instructions
  1. Mix the baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Pour into drain.
  2. Pour vinegar over soda mixture in the drain.
  3. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat water to boiling. After 15-minute resting time, pour boiling water into drain. Follow with tap water running into drain for one minute.

Step 2: Pour into the drain, followed by the vinegar.

Drain Cleaner Ingredients

The bubbling action lets you know it’s working.  Let it sit for fifteen minutes.

Drain Cleaner Ingredients

Step 3: Bring water to a boil and pour into the drain after the 15 minutes have passed.  Run tap water into drain for one minute.

Drain Cleaner Ingredients

For most drains, that’s all there is to it.

Our shower drain has large holes and allows all the hair to go through, and all the gunk builds up over time.  It’s the only drain in our house that requires this final step.  This might gross you out.  You have been warned!

Naturial Drain Cleaning DIY

Remove the grate (with a hand screw driver).  After the 3-step process, the hair and grime are stuck to the sides of the drain close to the opening.  It’s easy at this point to scrape the screw driver against the drain sides and scoop the gore  out!

Ha!  Isn’t this the perfect post for Halloween?

Rather than a bag of goodies, you end up with a bag of yucky muck and hair to throw away!  Did you just shiver?  I did, too!

Now’s a great time to run a cleaning brush around the drain sides, the grate and bracket on the shower floor.

Naturial Drain Cleaning DIY

 

While the process itself is gross, I feel cleaner all over after the drain is clean and gore-free.

OK.  Come clean.  Did you shiver or curl your nose?  Don’t you think it’s worth it to do this before there’s a major blockage?

Blessings~

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Comments

  1. Libba says

    I usually put soda in mine, then add vinegar. Haven’t tried adding the salt and boiling water but that does make sense, so think I’ll try it next time. Thanks for the tip. I know some people who rinse all their dishes in the sink, with grease and all. Don’t know why they don’t realize the grease will clog the drain when it gets cold and builds up along the way. Have a great day Dear Lady.

    • says

      Thank you for sharing your way for cleaning drains. And, yes, I agree that prevention is so helpful in the long run. Happy day to you, too! 🙂

  2. teresa says

    For some reason I really get into it! I use this technique, but have never heard of adding salt; I wonder what that adds. The hot water is essential, although it’s important to only get it in the drain or the thermal shock could crack a porcelain sink. I often skip the BS and just pour boiling water down the shower weekly; it seems to do the trick all on its own and I have fairly long hair. It’s one chore I always do and wonder why so many seem mystified by cloggged drains. Feel free to post such “scary” topics! Happy Halloween!

    • says

      Thank you for sharing. I’ll definitely try the boiling water treatment weekly to see if it eliminates the need for the entire process. I don’t know what the salt does. Ha! I’ll be sure to share any other scary treatments I come across. Happy Halloween to you, too! 🙂

    • says

      I’ve been called a lot of things, but never Martha! Haha! Thanks for the compliment. You’ve given me laughter today. 🙂

  3. robin says

    I’ve done salt and boiling water. I’ve also done baking soda. But I think the TRIO will probably work best. I think my main bath need it in the sink and shower….ST has super long hair. Need I say more? LOL

    I use vinegar and baking soda for cleaning since I ditched the chemicals.

    Thanks for the BETTER idea!

    I succumbed to only FOUR of the colorful leaf print chargers at AC Moore since I got 25% off. Today I was in Michaels and their fall stuff was 70% off. I got these cute turkey print plates. (pix to follow) Again…I was good….only bought 4. But I did buy a bunch of other stuff. LOL I bought some dog Halloween costumes to sell for next year. The penguin happened to fit Q…so he borrowed it for a shoot. I will send you that pic as well. He was NOT amused. hahaha

    • says

      I’m sorry you’ve had such awful drain problems. I’m fortunate for the most part. After you try this, let me know how well it works for your kitchen sink. Fingers crossed!

  4. BETTY ROMANO says

    I am still trying to find the recipe for the amounts of soda, vinegar and salt to use….SOMEONE directed me to this site…still no luck….guess I’ll just wing it…probably doesn’t matter if it isn’t exact.

    • says

      The printable recipe is in the blog post. Perhaps you scrolled quickly and missed it. It’s just after the image of the bowl of soda and salt. So, please check again and enjoy your printed quantities. 🙂

  5. Nancy K. says

    I have used vinegar and soda for years to clear drains followed by boiling water. Works wonders. I am puzzled by the addition of the salt though. Soda is good for many cleaning chores around the house and so is white vinegar. Soda polishes stainless steel sinks beautifully without scratching. Thanks for all your household hints.

    • says

      I wish I knew what the salt does because everyone’s been asking me about it. I follow this recipe and instructions found in a magazine many years ago. Since it works, I never deviated from it. Thanks for chiming in with your baking soda tip for cleaning stainless steel. 🙂

  6. Toni Morris says

    I just tried this solution on my incredibly sluggish bathtub drain, and it seems to have worked beautifully. I’m a retired librarian, and I can’t look at an unanswered question without taking a stab at it. The salt?? I was curious, too.

    After consulting several likely sites, it seems that salt adds an abrasive to the pipes. Makes sense. You would need to use enough so that the salt is not dissolved, I believe.

    If I was an excellent former librarian, I’d list all my source sites. I lost track. Oops. If you are as curious as I am, you certainly can look it up yourself.

    • says

      Thank you, Toni. I had a feeling it was an abrasion thing. Someone on Hometalk told their process for using rock salt. So, that hinted at abrasiveness. Thanks so much for your research and for getting back to all of us with the answer. 🙂

    • says

      Thanks for the report, Sharron. It sounds like you had the same success with this process as I’ve had all these years. I’m so glad! 🙂