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Homemade Natural Drain Cleaner

Natural Homemade Drain Cleaner

Use these homemade DIY natural drain cleaner ideas to get rid of those nasty clogs. It can be done without the chemicals and yes, it works!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 cleaning
Author Debra Maslowski



  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 (boiling water is better than hot tap water).

  4. Repeat this homemade drain cleaner process until the drain is clear.


Vinegar and Baking Soda Mixture DIY Drain Cleaning

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

Homemade 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]