When we moved into our rental home one of the bathroom sink’s drain was slow. Well, with time it became slower and slower and yesterday when I was cleaning the sink, it was unbearably slow where it was difficult to get the sink clean. So today, I scoured Pinterest for a drain cleaner “homemade recipe”. After browsing a few different ones, I decided to combine a couple of them.
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup baking soda
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1 1/2 gallon boiling water
- Remove all plugs or stops from drain
- Combine salt and baking soda in glass container that you can easily pour.
- Place a funnel in drain and pour 1/3 of salt & baking soda mixture down drain. You may need some wire or something to really get the mixture down there.
- Very slowly pour vinegar (1-2 tablespoons) down drain until you see the bubbles start to come of the drain and then hurry and put plug in drain to stop the bubbles.
- Wait until you don’t hear fizzing and add another small amount of vinegar and place plug in drain so bubbles don’t escape (repeat (2-3 times).
- Let set for ~20 minutes while you boil ~1/2 gallon water.
- Carefully and slowly pour boiling water down drain.
- Repeat 2 more times with the remaining mixture and ingredients.
This is a couple hour process, but it does work and you don’t have to use expensive cleaners that produce toxic odors.
Drain Cleaner Cost Breakdown:
1/2 cup salt – $.10
1/2 cup baking soda- $.15
1 1/2 cups vinegar – $.30
1 1/2 gallon boiling water- Free
Total: $.55 vs. $3.00-$5.00 for Drano or equivalent
Savings: $2.45-$4.45!!! Or… calling in a plumber… savings… $100+