Clear A Clogged Drain

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2010

Are you tired of using expensive, toxic chemicals to clean your clogged drains?

Make your own with ingredients right from your kitchen pantry!

This method might not be the fanciest…but it works for me and it’s a lot more environmentally {and budget} friendly.

Photo Credit: Dog’s Live Magazine


  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Boiling Watter


  1. Pour equal amounts of DRY baking soda and salt into the drain. (I use about 1/2 cup of each)
  2. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the drain (it will bubble and foam up)
  3. While vinegar mixture foams, fill a kettle with water and bring to a boil.
  4. Slowly pour the entire kettle of boiling water into the drain

Finished! Your drain should flow smoothly now. For tough clogs, simply repeat the steps.

Still not convinced? Check out this U-Tube video for more instructions.

Unclog your pipes at a fraction of the cost without causing damage to the environment!

What are your favorite natural cleaning products?


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  1. Callum Palmer


    I might try this out as I have a blocked drain at home. If it doesn’t work, do you think I should call a professional? That and I don’t want to risk damaging my pipes.


    Andrea Reply:

    give it a try — if it doesn’t work, you could alway try chemical drain cleaners from the store. Or, yes, you could contact a professional! They would for sure be able to clear your clog!


  2. Deanne


    Just used this method on a really, really clogged drain. My daughter has long ethnic hair. After continually pouring the hot water down, I eventually heard a clunk & the drain started flowing. I took out the stopper also & had to clean a mass of hair off of it! Really worked!


  3. Susan


    Interesting. I’ve never tried this before but I’d sure recommend this before using chemical solutions. There are also cheap DIY drain-snake options.


  4. Jesse


    We have a septic system, is this method safe to use for us?


    Robert Reply:

    Yes it is very safe for septic systems much better than commercial drain clog removers which can cause more problems then just a stopped -up sink.


  5. Sarah


    Thank you!!!! I constantly have clogged drains around here and I never remember to pick up drano (not to mention it gives me a headache). I’ve actually been using my husband’s bathroom sink for about a week because I haven’t picked up anything to unclog mine. I’m going to try this today!


  6. Betsy


    Yes, I use this method ALL the time and it works great for me.

    Sometimes I use a plumbers snake to get our really tough clogs…but I try not to use chemical cleaners — especially since we have older pipes and I’ve heard he chemicals are not good for the pipes.

    Thanks for your tips — I’m obsessed with your website and can’t wait to keep reading!


  7. Johnlyn


    I’ve never added salt before – I’ll have to try it and see if it helps! Using baking soda, vinegar and water has never fixed my problem before.

    I’ve heard you after you pour the baking soda and vinegar down the drain you should close it for a bit. Not sure if that helps more or not!


    Andrea Reply:

    yes, I’ve also heard about closing the drain after pouring the baking soda and vinegar in…but I’ve never tried it.

    I also have a small “drain snake” that I run down the drain if it gets really clogged. You can find drain snakes at your local hardware store.


  8. Taylor at Household Management 101


    I do this myself. It works really well, and I love that it is all natural.