Homemade Drain Cleaning

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Homemade Drain Cleaning
Unclog your sink drain with a homemade solution (water in a sink image by terex from Fotolia.com)

A clogged sink can cause frustration if you don't have a commercial drain cleaner on hand. Moreover, drain cleaners can harm the environment, and are often expensive. Instead of purchasing a drain cleaner, you can make your own using common items found around your home.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Small saucepan
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup salt

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  1. 1

    Dry off the area around the sink drain.

  2. 2

    Boil 2 cups of water.

  3. 3

    Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the drain.

  4. 4

    Add ½ cup of vinegar to the drain.

  5. 5

    Pour the boiling water down the drain. If the sink still appears clogged, then use salt and water to help remove grease buildup.

  6. 6

    Add ½ cup of salt to 4 liters of cool water.

  7. 7

    Stir until the salt dissolves into the water.

  8. 8

    Place the solution on the stove top until it begins to steam. Do not bring the solution to a boil.

  9. 9

    Pour the salt solution down the drain.

Tips and warnings

  • Never pour boiling water down plastic pipes. Instead heat the water and remove it just before it begins to boil.
  • Do not combine vinegar with a commercial drain cleaner; a chemical reaction will produce dangerous fumes.

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