Day 9 – Drain Cleaner


With a  little one running around the house, I love to keep as many of my cleaning products chemical free as possible. When I saw this pin for a drain cleaner that used only white vinegar and baking soda, I was pretty excited. I have thick hair and it tends to clog our shower drain pretty often. We go through a lot of Draino. I hoped this trick would be a great money saver…not so much.

My drain was clogged when I tried this. For two days, it had been been draining slowly and I knew it was Draino time. I decided to give this method a try instead.

I poured one cup of baking soda down my drain. I followed it with 1/2 cup of vinegar and quickly covered the drain with a plate as the pin advised. I let it sit for about a half hour and then let hot water run in the shower for a few minutes. The hot water didn’t go down very well but I hadn’t given up hope yet. When I took a shower the next morning, the clog seemed to be gone! The water wasn’t backing up. Success! Unfortunately, the clog reappeared the next day. I have a feeling it was starting to break up but the baking soda and vinegar just couldn’t break through the whole thing. I tried once more because she mentions that you might need to repeat for tough clogs, but still no success. Sadly, I had to return to the Draino.

She does mention that if you do this every month or so, you can clean your pipes before the clogs have a chance to form. I have a feeling this method would work a lot better. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at remembering to do things like that.

If you want to give it a try yourself, check out the original post below:

If you decide to try it, let us know if it worked for you. Hopefully you’ll have more luck!

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4 Comments… Share your views

  1. This does work. You do have to remember to do the regular cleaning. We live in an old house and clogs are frequent, so I remember to use this now. I have a daughter with long hair and wow does she shed. I have to remember to hit her shower twice a month.

  2. Freshly boiled (as in, very hot) water will work best/on its own for clogs. Don’t waste your money on Draino!

  3. I too have long thick hair and our drain is often clogged. This last time it had been very clogged for at least a week. Unclogging is usually my husbands job, but i got sick of eaiting so i tried this. I followed the directions exactly the first time and it didnt work. The second time, i poured vinger down first so it was sitting right on top of the clog, then poured in the baking soda, and poured in more viniger. I did not cover with a plate this time. I let it sit for a half hour then let the hot water run for a few minutes to make sure the clog had cleared the pipes. WORKED GREAT!!!!! Never buying draino again!!

  4. Thanks for this very useful info you have provided us. I will bookmark this for future reference and refer it to my friends. More power to your blog.

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