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How To Unclog Slow Drains

Our house is 28 years old and the while the plumbing isn’t exactly ancient, it’s also not like a brand new house. In particular the kids’ bathroom sink, as well as the sink in our little master bathroom, takes forever to drain. If you have this problem too, before using toxic Drano or calling a plumber, try this all-natural way to unclog your sinks. This works well with a moderately clogged sink where the water slowly drains.

You will need:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
boiling water
First, unscrew the stopper from the drain and set aside.
Pour the baking soda into the drain, then immediately follow with the vinegar.
The two will react to create bubbles and fumes while they dissolve all the gunk lining your drain.
Let the chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar do it’s work for 5-10 minutes, then pour boiling water down the drain to rinse it all out.
 Voila…..a sink that drains.

This trick doesn’t work every time, but it’s worth a try before resorting to more drastic measures (like cleaning out the pipes – gross – or calling a plumber – ouch.)

Baking soda is one of my favorite cleaning supplies….it’s effective and cheap! Check out how to clean silver jewelry and flatware, as well as how to clean a glass cooktop (and other baking soda cleaning ideas).

It’s one big baking soda party around here, I tell ya!!!

Next week I’ll be kicking off a series on kitchen renovating, featuring some real life kitchen makeovers. Hope you’ll join me!

Wishing you a little sunshine and springtime in the next few days! We’re still covered in the white stuff, but underneath, the earth is awaking, I just know it!

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Saturday 12th of September 2020

You have to be careful if you have an ac condensate line tied into your plumbing. I learned the hard bc it flipped off my ac in the attic bc that ‘foam’ backed up into the line. Oops.

Linda {Calling it Home}

Friday 22nd of March 2013

You have no idea how much I need this advice. My house is not old, and I have clogged drains #YouSuckContractor. Thanks, pinning this.


Friday 22nd of March 2013

With 5 bathrooms, we have constant plumbing problems. I'm going to try this on a few drains today. Thanks so much for the tip!

Susan Maclean

Friday 22nd of March 2013

Do all my drains with this every month, and never have any trouble (or smells!). Sometimes the old ways are the best ways, and way cheaper!