Homemade toilet drain cleaners

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Homemade toilet drain cleaners
The best way to clear a clog is with a plunger. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Everyone with indoor plumbing has to deal with the occasional toilet clog, whether they like it or not. If plunging does not remedy the situation, the clog will have to be dissolved chemically. Before dashing out to buy a can of caustic drain cleaner, consider a homemade solution. Not only will this save a trip to the hardware store, it will help the household budget as home drain cleaners are less expensive than their commercial counterparts. In addition, they are safer to use and are often just as effective.

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Things you need

  • 1/4 cup liquid dish washing detergent
  • Baking soda
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp washing soda

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  1. 1

    Pour 1/4 cup of liquid dish detergent in the toilet bowl. Wait 15 minutes, then add 1 gallon of hot water. Wait 15 minutes more, then flush the toilet. If there is a notable improvement in the water flow, repeat the treatment. If there is no apparent improvement, try a different remedy.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 cup of baking soda in the toilet. Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. The combination of vinegar and baking soda should cause the water in the toilet to bubble and fizz, breaking up greasy residue in the process. When the frothing ends, add 1 qt. of boiling water to the mixture. Wait 30 minutes, then flush the toilet. Repeat, if necessary.

  3. 3

    Combine 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup table salt and 2 tbsp cream of tartar. Pour this mixture in the toilet bowl. Add 2 cups of boiling water and close the toilet lid. Wait at least two hours, then flush. A more alkaline solution than vinegar and baking soda, this mixture may work on clogs that are not affected by acids.

  4. 4

    Bring 1 qt. of water to a boil. Add 2 tbsp washing soda and mix well. Pour this solution in the toilet to loosen stubborn clogs. Wait 10 minutes and flush. This no-fuss remedy works best on clogs caused by greasy residue or sticky build-up.

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