Today, I have a guest post that was written by Dawn Conklin. Dawn works over at Daily Adventures of a Work at Home Mom. She blogs about recipes, family life, working from home, and so much more.
Dawn is a work at home Mom of two girls. She enjoys family time, helping others, going to the beach, hanging in Atlantic City and much much more. She says her life can be crazy but instead she grabs a cup of coffee and enjoys the ride.
Article Written By: Dawn Conklin
Chemicals you buy in the store to unclog drains are quite toxic. They do not always work to unclog the drain, they smell quite strong and you can not mix them if one does not work. Drano and Liquid-Plumr are the more popular chemicals you will find in the store and they are more expensive than using natural methods. Why use harsh chemicals when you can naturally unclog your drain with a safer method? Natural is better for you and your family’s health and also better for Mother Nature!
Baking soda and vinegar make a great pair for natural cleaning in your house. They are also cheap and can be used for cooking, they are that safe. When you use this combination, you will still be able to use the plunger if needed to help unclog the drain. You cannot do that with the harsh chemicals or you risk your own health. This method works best if used once a month or every other month as a preventive maintenance once the clog is gone. I have not had a clogged drain since I have been doing this over a year ago and we have a lot of long hair in our house! I recommend doing all the drains at once so you do not forget when to do which ones and also the drains are connected at some point in the pipes.
How to unclog your drain naturally with baking soda and white vinegar:
1. Make sure to get a pot of water ready to boil before putting the mix in the drain. Depending on the clog, you may want to wait to start boiling the water.
2. Take about ¼ cup of baking soda and pour it into all of the drains and also around the edge of the drain in the sink.
3. Pour vinegar – about a cup or so – slowly down and around the drains making sure to get vinegar on all of the baking soda. You will see it fizzing, this is perfectly safe and the reaction you want. The fizzing is what will work on your drains.
4. Let this sit in the drains for at least 15 minutes, longer if you are having a problem with slow draining sinks or tubs. Do make sure all the water is out of the tub or sink first, it will not work in standing water. You can plunge or try to use a snake to get the clog out enough to drain water. Another option is to use this on all other drains if you have one drain that has standing water. It will only help if the clog is down a bit further in the pipes tho. Try plunging first.
5. After your baking soda and vinegar mix has been in your drain for at least 15 minutes, pour boiling water down the drains.
This should work for you on the first try, but it may require another round if you have a bad clog. If you keep up with this natural method once a month or once every other month, you should not see another clog in your pipes unless there is really a problem with the plumbing. Unclogging your drains naturally with baking soda and vinegar is the safest way to keep your drains clean without making your family sick from the chemicals.