Homemade Drain-Cleaning Solutions You Should Totally Use
It’s ideal to do regular drain upkeep to avoid clog formation. But let’s be real, your drains will get clog. Sometimes you’re too busy or don’t have the motivation to do any drain maintenance. This happens to all of us so don’t feel bad about it. Drain clogs will happen and you need to have the best solution you can find. Commercial or chemical cleaners may be the first thing that comes to your mind but we advise against it. These chemical-based products are actually harmful to your health and your plumbing system.
It’s better if you use homemade cleaning products. These solutions are safer and just as effective as these caustic products. The homemade fixtures may take awhile to take it effect. In some cases, you even have to pour a lot of the mixtures but it’s definitely better for you and your drain pipes.
Prep with boiling water
You need to pour boiling water before using any of the solutions presented below. Pouring hot water into the drain pipes helps dissolve the grease and oils that are sticking in the pipe. There are even situations in which pouring the boiling water will solve the clog problem. Of course, the clogs shouldn’t be severe so the hot water will be able to clear it. You do need to be careful when pouring since the hot water might spatter and hit your skin. Pour the water in close proximity to the drain to avoid splashing. Pouring directly also prevents damage to the sink’s plastic or porcelain exterior.
Mixture of borax, salt, and vinegar
Simply mix ¼ borax, ¼ salt, and ¼ vinegar. Pour the mixture in the drains and wait for a couple of minutes. Take note that it won’t take immediate effect so you need to wait for a while. The waiting is worth it though since it can clear most minor clogs.
Baking soda plus lemon juice or vinegar
Baking soda is used a lot in DIY cleaning so it’s not a surprise to use it for cleaning drains. You have the option of mixing baking soda with either lemon juice or vinegar. Combine a cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar. Just a heads up, the mixture of baking soda and white vinegar will cause a fizzle. This is perfectly natural so don’t worry about it. If the mixture starts bubbling you need to put it inside the drains immediately. Leave it for 15 minutes and then pour boiling water.
If you don’t like the smell of vinegar in your kitchen sink then we suggest mixing baking soda with lemon juice. Lemon juice and baking soda is not effective like the vinegar solution — but it leaves your drain smelling good. Of course you can just pour lemon juice after the baking soda and vinegar mixture.
These homemade solutions are best used for small to medium clogs. Use a drain snake or plunger for heavier clogs. Pouring the homemade solutions on heavy clogs will take no effect.