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How to clean your drain naturally

I love this DIY for how to clean your drain naturally.  It is a great money saver and better for the environment too! Recently I shared with you how to remove hair build-up and residue naturally.

How to clean your drain naturally:

From that post we got a tip from one of our readers that I wanted to share with you all on how to clean your drain naturally.  This is something that I have used on my kitchen sinks before at school when I taught Foods class.  It is a great way to de-grease your kitchen pipes and remove built up residue.

You should never underestimate the power of vinegar and baking soda, especially if you want to stay away from pouring chemical drain cleaners down a clogged drain to clean it. This is inexpensive and a great way to keep your drains clear of any clogs.  Also helps to get rid of the odors made by clogs.  The two ingredients react with one another to get rid of any blockage without the use of chemicals!

How to clean your drain naturally

  • Put 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then 2 cups white vinegar.
  • Cover drain with a plate to force foam down.
  • Wait 30 minutes, then rinse with hot water!

Wow! What an affordable solution to chemicals!  I cleaned my shower drain and it works great!  You can add 5 – 10 drops of lemon essential oil for disinfection and to help the drain smell better too!  Lemon juice will also work or this homemade lemon vinegar works great too!  I find when I add lemon juice that I really get an added benefit that it lasts longer and that my shower smells fresh.  It is best to do this 1-2 times a year for best results.

Be sure to use HOT water after you do this to rinse the solution through (I used boiling water) and then ran hot water for about 2 minutes.  This is to be sure you remove all of the residue that loosens up.

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How to make lemon vinegar

Disclosure:  Always ask a plumber to be safe before testing this drain cleaner.  My plumber approved this for our pipes but it always better to be safe than sorry.


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  1. Will this help with a stinky drain? Everytime I run water in our sink it makes the whole house smell like rotten eggs.

  2. Try the hot water 1st too. I actually run near boiling water down (be careful as far as what the sink/tub is made of). I teach Family and Consumer Science and have 5 kitchens at school. Teenagers may or may not heed the warning about removing all food and grease before washing dishes. My solution is to do this twice a semester. It is an excellent activity not only because it is wise to keep your drains clear it also helps the smell. I place a lot of focus on safe cleaning – nothing except the hot water is a problem. It is safe for us and the environment. BTW be sure run LOTS of hot water behind – you don’t want the baking soda settling

    1. We rent a house so i don’t know what the sink & tub are made of, can’t get hold of landlords, we only know the house is between 50 & 60 years old, this would be awesome if it would work for us, thank you

  3. I have been steeping orange rinds in vinegar
    To use as an oven cleaner. Works wonders on stove top burners, too. for an oven cleaner.

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