Do you have slow drains in your home?
Perhaps you have a drain like my bathtub used to have, a drain that doesn't even look like it's draining, yet somehow, hours later, the water all goes down!
I want you to be the first to read my secret. This is how I got a completely fast-draining bathtub without any hazardous materials or expensive chemicals.
My Drain Cleaning Secret Revealed
Alright, so this method I have isn't exactly "secret", but it is revolutionary, and it does out-perform the commercial remedies that you can buy. It's grandma's secret to perfectly running drains. Here's what you'll need:
- Baking Soda(1 box)
- Vinegar(Gallon preferred)
- Hot pot or kettle to boil water
- Rubber Gloves
Let's get started.
Before we start, you need to empty out your sink or tub if it has standing water that isn't draining at all. Unlike nasty chemicals, this natural solution doesn't fall through the water into the pipe. But it is safe, natural and inexpensive!Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulcoster/
The first thing you're going to want to do is get a full kettle of water boiling on the stove. And by boiling, I mean rolling boil, because that's what it takes! Get your gloves on now, to protect your hands from the vinegar/baking soda mixture.
While this is going on, gather your other ingredients and tools and take the cover off of the drain with your screwdriver. Use the drivers flat head to clean any gunk out of the top of the drain, if any is accessable. Once the water boils, you are ready to dump it down the drain, as fast as possible.
This process will probably dislodge some nasty, mucky stuff up into your sink or tub. Don't worry about that, as more will come! Get your kettle or hot pot to a safe place and start a new batch of water in it. We're going to do this process at least twice today.
Now, pour a bunch of baking soda in the pipe- as much as you can get down in there before it fills. After this, we want to pour vinegar into the drain, about 1/2 cup at a time. Let that good stuff react and and listen for when it's done reacting with the baking soda. This may take a few minutes. Then, repeat the vinegar, until you don't hear any reaction when you pour it down.
Lastly, pour your 2nd batch of boiling water down the drain, once again as fast as possible. This will dislodge more mucky stuff.
At this point, you need to decide if you want to repeat this again. If your drain was completely stopped, or close to it, you'll want to do this a second time today, and then always finish off with a good rinse of water from the spigot.
You may not see immediate results, but in a few days it will clear up a bit. Then, you can repeat these steps if more cleaning is needed, which is rare.