Friday, March 30, 2012

Natural Drain Cleaner

This week when I say TGIF, I REALLY, REALLY mean it.  It's been one of those weeks where everything I touch falls apart.  I'm telling you this because I promised a reveal on a Mom Cave project but that isn't happening this week.  Next week for sure.  Promise, promise, promise.

In the meantime, I've been looking for a time when I could share this awesome natural drain cleaner with you.  Like everyone, I'm looking for ways to reduce the chemicals we use in our home.  I found this on pinterest and thought I'd give it a try.  Let me just say that I was beyond amazed at how well this works.

If you have kids you've no doubt made an erupting volcano at some point with them.  This is exactly the same thing.  My kids both on separate occasions saw me holding these ingredients and asked if I was making a volcano.  "Yes children, that's what I do when you're not around!!". 

Here are the simple directions that I found at Tidy Mom blog.  Check out all her other helpful tips here.  

My 2 cents worth - I found that the baking soda needed a little coaxing to go down the drain, particularly if the drain is wet so I bring a handy chopstick along to push it in.  

Unclog a drain with Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Pour 3/4-1 cup of baking soda in the drain.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar in the drain and immediately cover the drain (I use a plug or set a plate over it – you want to keep everything inside the drain)
  3. Leave everything to sit and work for about 30 mins (don’t use the sink during this time)
  4. After 30 mins, remove the cover and let hot water run thru the pipes for about 2-3 mins.
  5. for really tough clogs you may need to repeat – but I find if I do this on a regular basis (about once a month) it keeps my drains clear and fresh with out any problems.

Likewise, I do something very similar to keep drains fresh.  Especially good for seldom used drains.

Freshen Drains with Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt and pour down drain
  2. Follow by pouring 1 cup of heated vinegar down the drain (it will foam and bubble)
  3. Let it sit for 15 minutes
  4. After 15 minutes run hot tap water for 30-60 seconds.
So there you have it.  Happy cleaning, my friends.


  1. I use this too (actually I use white vinegar and baking soda for so many cleaning purposes nowadays) and you're right! It works beautifully. Bye bye Drano.

  2. I use this too! Love that it is non toxic!

  3. I've been seeing so many uses for vinegar. I'm going to have to stock up and use it instead of all those toxic products I currently use in my home. Have a great weekend!

  4. Since we got our dog, I've been washing our floors with vinegar and more swifter wet jet...I heard that stuff causes big problems in animals. I don't know if it's true or not, but who wants to take chances. Thanks for the drain tip!

  5. So smart! I love when home remedies actually WORK. Pinning this!

  6. Thank you - I so need to do this!!! Any home remedy to replace store bought stuff is great too for us and the environment!

  7. I tried this a while ago and was disappointed because it clogged back up in a couple days. I thought we must just create exceptionally disgusting drains, because I had read other reviews saying it worked wonders. But maybe you're right, the trick is just doing it frequently as a preventative measure! I'll definitely try it again!

  8. My mom taught me this trick and it really does work!!! Over the years I have used this technique and then I guess a few years had gone by without any plugged drains .... no I didn't keep up the monthly routine. So anyways when I encountered a plugged drain recently, I forgot to include the vinegar and covering the plug part. No wonder it's still plugged. Off to unplug it..... how fun!!

  9. Literally was just battling a partly clogged drain tonight. Will attempt this in the morning! Thanks so much for the tips. And I hope your next week improves!

  10. This is a GREAT tip. Will it remove the ball of hair in my bathtub drain? ;) I really do like this though and love that it's more natural.

  11. I love that your kids thought you were going to make a volcano! Yep..totally what we want to do with our spare time! Thanks to my long hair we have to use something once every month for the shower drain....I would feel much less guilty using this solution! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see this reveal!

  12. Oh yes I swear by this combo.. and perfectly natural.
    And if doing this to a garbage disposal finish it off by throwing in some used lemon bits and running the disposal afterwards.. it'll smell all nice and citrusy.

  13. Carol, I never thought about using this combo as a drain freshener! My kitchen drain has not been smelling so nice lately, and we have to disposal to stick lemons down, so I'm going to give this a try. The trick is to get a lot of baking soda in there? Did you actually pack it it?

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  15. I think this is one of the most used techniques in cleaning drains, wouldn’t you agree? We use this at home actually. And I can second your observation that this baking soda solution needs some coaxing to really work. You don’t simply let the mixture sit in. Most of the time, we use a plunger to help collapse the gunk. :] -->Darryl

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  17. Funny how it is the same ingredients for making paper mache volcano, isn't it? ^_^ Effective, though. I've used the same technique many times, and it has saved my drains from getting clogged and needing repairs. But in cases when this mixture doesn't work because of a bigger damage to our plumbing, my plumber comes to the rescue any time of the day and any day of the week. =D

    Althea Tumlin

  18. This will work depending on the cause of the clog. If it’s blocked by hardened grease, then it will work a lot like hot water. For leftovers and hair strands, you may need tools such as tweezers and a plunger to help you. But if the clog is caused by faulty pipelines, then you need to call your trusted plumber. Levi @

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