I recently tried to unclog a drain with an enzyme-based natural drain cleaner. Although the formula was nontoxic and one could feel wonderfully guilt-free using it, unfortunately it didn’t have any effect at all on the slow sink.
The following day I tried a new tactic on the stubborn drain, one that you often see in old housekeeping books and “Hints from Heloise.” I poured baking soda down the drain, followed by plain white vinegar. The mixture foamed up spectacularly for a couple of seconds and then settled down, at which point I covered the drain with a small saucepan lid. After a few minutes I removed the lid and poured boiling water down the drain. Within the next 90 seconds there were some wonderful gurgling noises followed by a “whoosh!” and the drain was clear.
This method was natural and inexpensive, and it had the added thrill of feeling like a high school science experiment!
Here’s the exact recipe:
Homemade All-Natural Drain Cleaner
1 gallon water
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup white vinegar
You will also need: oven mitts and a saucepan lid
In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a boil; reserve and keep hot.
Pour the baking soda down the sluggish drain. Carefully pour the vinegar down the drain, taking care as the mixture will foam up. Cover the drain with a saucepan lid and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Remove lid and carefully, slowly pour the boiling water down the drain. Replace the saucepan lid and allow to sit for 5 more minutes. Rinse with tepid water. You may repeat if needed.
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May all your sinks flow freely and clearly,