Drains require maintenance. If you are experiencing a backed up drain that is slow to go down, you need to do something about it. Why stand in a foot of nasty, dirty water when you are taking a shower, when the answer to your problem is well within reach.
From my experience, this natural unclogging process works great. At first it might take a few attempts, but once you have cleared it, this is a very fine way of maintaining the drain.
What you will need:
- 1 cup of vinegar
- ½ cup of baking soda
- 2 pots of boiling water
- Drain stopper/plastic grocery bag
- Prepare the area. Clear any obstacles and remove any guarders that will hinder pouring liquid and baking soda down the drain.
- Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.
- Pour the ½ cup of baking soda down the drain
- Now goes the mix of 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of warm water
- Cover and let sit for 10-15 minutes
- To finish, pour another pot of boiling water
I do not have a drain stopper so I improvised with a plastic grocery bag. It worked without problem. I have skipped this step in the past; however, I have seen the noticeable difference and strongly urge for this action not to be cut.
Let the baking soda sit
Sometimes if the baking soda clumps and it is not going down, I prompt it with some warm water. The liquidity and weight ease it down without problem. It is best to give a few moments between the baking soda and vinegar-water mixture to let things settle and get as deep as possible.
Price is a major positive of this technique. These natural substitutes keep your costs low. Avoiding the expensive drain clog removals as well as having the dangerous chemicals in the house. Baking soda and vinegar have a wide spectrum of applications and tend to be in any basically equipped household.
It is important to be mindful of your drainage. For example, sinks tend to lead into the tub piping. Mine is this way. After I first moved in, I did this treatment down through the tub. It took a few times for it to be smooth and clear. Then I did the same for the sink. I worked my way backwards. I would recommend doing the same for others in an identical situation.
How does this work?
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar, alone, are two powerful cleaning agents. They effectively cut grease and breakdown grime. Mixing baking soda and vinegar causes a chemical reaction producing carbon dioxide. By sealing the drain cover, the gas is forced down. This expanding gas penetrates the blockages and buildup that has developed within the drain. The scalding water eliminates the loosened grime and clears the drain.
For especially neglected pipes, it is best to perform the treatment several times. Think of the buildup as layers that will require several goes for breaking down and clearing out.