Unclogging Drains

Our bathtub drain is clogged.  Woe!

Drano isn’t very good for the environment, so here’s an alternate, natural solution that works just as well.  Baking soda and vinegar.  As a tip, buy baking soda in bulk if possible, it has a lot of household uses and it’s much cheaper this way.  I buy a 12lb bag from Costco for $6.21.

Baking Soda and Vinegar!

Baking Soda and Vinegar!

Take 1 cup of dry baking soda and pour that down the drain.

Then take 3/4 cup vinegar and pour that down the drain after it.  Plug the drain immediately afterward.  Leave this in there for 30 minutes.  While you’re at it, boil 4-5 cups of water.

When you pour it down, it does this nasty backwash thing.

When you pour it down, it does this nasty backwash thing.

After the 30 minutes, pour the boiling water down the drain, slowly.  Your drain should now be clear!

Pour slowly!

Pour slowly!

NOTE: For small drains such as those in the bathroom sink or bathtub, put less baking soda and less vinegar.  You may want to run it 2-3 times before pouring the hot water down.

TIME INVESTMENT: 5-10 minutes for baking soda and vinegar, 30 minute wait time.

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