If you are looking for a DIY drain unclogger that will unclog a slow drain and use natural ingredients, you've found the right blog post!
This homemade drain unclogger is a concoction we have been using successfully for years and years. I have a reminder on our family calendar to treat our finicky drains every month. If you have a very stubborn drain, you may need to repeat this DIY unclogger method multiple times.
The Best Part Is....
The drain unclogger recipe uses non-toxic ingredients you probably already have around the house. All you need is boiling water, baking soda and vinegar.
How To Unclog A Slow Drain Naturally
To unclog a slow drain, fill a pan with 9 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
For Impatient People Like Me
Boiling water takes forever. This is where I get impatient. Especially when I'm treating multiple drains.
I finally broke down and invested in a portable induction cooktop which boils the water so much quicker than using my normal cooktop. PLUS, it's portable, so I can boil water near where I'm working.
You'll also need at least a 3 quart pot that works on an induction cooktop.
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- ELO Induction Cookware (The most economical choice)
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- Duxtop LED Induction Cooktop (I recommend the Duxtop brand, there are many versions)
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How To Unclog A Slow Drain Naturally
While you're waiting for your water to come to a boil, gather up a half cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar.
Once the water is boiling, transfer 1 cup of water into a 2 cup measuring cup. Add the 1 cup of vinegar and set aside. (I place this near the drain I'm working on)
Now it's time to unclog your slow drain. First, pour the remaining 8 cups of HOT water down the drain. Once the hot water has drained, sprinkle the baking soda down into the drain and let it sit for a few minutes.
Next, pour the hot vinegar mixture down. You'll notice fizzing and bubbling as the baking soda and vinegar react. This is good!
Note: If your drain is really slow, you may need to reheat the vinegar mixture in the microwave for a few minutes to ensure it is very hot.
Allow this to set for 10-15 minutes.
In the meantime, bring another 8 cups of water to boil on the stove. (I really love using my induction cooktop to boil water for this method because it is so much faster than using my actual stovetop)
After 15 minutes, pour the boiling water down the drain.
If your drain isn't completely unclogged, you can repeat this method as many times as needed.
What If My Drain Won't Completely Unclog?
If you have followed this method and your drain is still running slow, you may have too much build-up. Even the best chemical-laden drain unclogger won't do much on a heavily compacted and dirty drain.
Check and see if you can take the drain apart. For kitchen sink and bathroom sink drains, you can usually take these apart and clean them out by hand. In fact, we do this annually with all the drains we can maintain ourselves.
If you're dealing with a shower drain or main drain line that's not accessible, you'll need to snake the drain. You can do this yourself or call a plumber to do it for you. If you are squeamish, I highly recommend calling a plumber because this can be really really disgusting.
What Natural Drain Unclogging Methods Have You Tried?
Is there a homemade drain unclogging method that you have tried that works well?
Share it with us in the comments!