Homemade Natural Drain Cleaner

Homemade Natural Drain Cleaner

Vinegar and Baking Soda Drain Cleaner

Plumbers and government conservation organizations agree; vinegar, baking soda, and boiling water clear clogged drains.

Drain cleaner: Plunger, followed by a handful of baking soda and a half cup of vinegar. Cover and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Pour in 2 quarts of boiling water, and the clod should disappear.[1]

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, a base. Vinegar is made up of water and acetic acid, which is, you guessed it, an acid. When you combine these, a reaction happens where molecules get exchanged, creating carbon dioxide and water that bubbles through the clog, breaking it up and moving the looser material.[2]



  1. Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain and then slowly pour in the vinegar. (Lemon juice can also be used in place of vinegar, but it will not react as well.)
  2. Let them react and wait another 10-15 minutes.
  3. Next, after the baking soda vinegar reaction has ceased to fizz, carefully pour in the pot of boiling water.
  4. Repeat until the drain is clear.

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