Saturday, August 6, 2011

Homemade Draino

Drano and other clog removers can be expensive when you're on a budget. But, if you're stuck with a sink that's clogged or just drains dreadfully slow, there is a much cheaper alternative that might already be in your pantry.  Baking Soda + Vinegar =  A sad plumber with one less job.

Step 1 – Put the DRY baking soda down the drain. I use about 3/4 of a cup. ( If you're having a hard time removing the sink stopper to put in you baking soda, click here to find out how to remove it correctly.)
Step 2 – Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain after the baking soda. Be sure to cover the drain immediately afterwards with a rag or plug, filling the hole completely so nothing can escape. This is because the interaction of the baking soda and vinegar will cause a “mini volcano” that will want to come up and out of the want to keep it down there to break up the clog.
Step 3 – Leave this concoction in the drain for about 30 minutes. While you are waiting, boil a tea kettle full of water.
Step 4 – After 30 minutes, remove the plug and slowly pour the HOT water down the drain.

Thats it... by now, all should flow smoothly. If not, just repeat the process 1-2 more times to break up the stubborn clog.

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  1. That's cool Jimmy, I will def give it a try

  2. This is a great tip! Jerry will love the savings$$

  3. Baking soda and vinegar usually do the trick with mild clogs. They also work well in dissolving accumulated grease and dirt. However, for stubborn clogs due to a piping structure problem, you'll need a plumber to handle things from there. Hopefully it never comes to that, and that doing the baking soda + vinegar trick regularly will keep your sink clog-free. Cheers!

    Levi Eslinger @ Capital Plumbing


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