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Used that combo this morning to clear my bathroom sink of whatever was clogging it and it was REALLY clogged. I already had the stuff on hand and it sure beats 6-10 bux for a bottle of drano!
 
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You can also do this to maintain your pipes clog-free.
I always pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain after doing the soda-vinegar treatment.
Indeed much better than the chemical ladden store bought stuff.
 

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Oooohhh, thanks for the additional tip MissSeetonFan! :)
 

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Yes it is awesome and much safer. I always pour a quart or two of boiling water down the drain afterwards.

I am glad to hear it worked for you!
 

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I have an almost completely clogged drain and tried max drano and nothing. I have used vinegar and baking soda as a drain refresher and for maintenance, but never to unclog. I'll give it a try today.
 

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What do you do if you can't get the baking soda into the drain? Mine has a plunger thingy that is only open about 1/4". It's constantly blocked up with gunk.
 

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I use these little wire basket strainers in the drain opening. I find them in the dollar store. Keeps a lot of stuff from going down the drain. I figure the less that goes in our septic tank, the less times that we will have to have it pumped out.

When I use the baking soda, I let the vinegar run slowly from the bottle so the fizz action starts. I make sure I have a big pot of boiling water on the stove ready to go after the fizzing stops. Then I put more cold water down the drain. I have never used salt. I don't understand that method.

So the vinegar should break the stuff loose, and the water will move it down through the pipes. Never put grease down your drain. Once it gets cold, it will block things up bad. Scrap your pots and pans
before they go into the dishpan.
You probably should do this every other week, depending on what you let go down the drain. I don't it often, because of all the precautions I take. If you use vinegar in your coffee pot to clean that, then do the sink drain cleaning, with that same vinegar. Gets you 2x the use of it.
 
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Well, I tried vinegar/baking soda on my bathroom sink - no luck. I also just tried boiling water - no luck. Looks like I'll have to detach the elbow and clean it out - yuck! :(
 

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What do you do if you can't get the baking soda into the drain? Mine has a plunger thingy that is only open about 1/4". It's constantly blocked up with gunk.
I can answer that now............now that I had to blast out a tub drain.

My tub has the same thing......(you push it down when you want a bath).......you just try to put the soda as close as you can to the drain. I even used my fingers to push some of the dry soda down the drain. THEN pour in the vinegar, slowly.........

IT TOTALLY WORKED. And this thing was really plugged.........took forever for shower water to drain.

Now..........it took me three times..........and I did all the other drains in the house while I was at it.........but over a gallon of vinegar, and about 1 1/2 boxes of soda (used my old baking stuff first) later, I have drains that are working like they were new!!!

Love it.............and I had a plummer tell me, years ago, that Liq. Plummer is NOT the best stuff for your drains...........so I am sold on this idea!!!
 

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Used that combo this morning to clear my bathroom sink of whatever was clogging it and it was REALLY clogged. I already had the stuff on hand and it sure beats 6-10 bux for a bottle of drano!
I don't know how to post this in the Question and Answer thread, so could someone please post the recipe/technique for the Baking soda + Vinegar drain opener ? Thanks !!!
 

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Dump baking soda over the drain, slowly pour vinegar down the drain. If the bubbling stops, and the draining hasn't improved, repeat.
 

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Some articles will suggest starting with 1/2 cup soda...........if the drain is really plugged, I would start with more.

I tried the 1/2 cup of soda- then vinegar-then hot water--- and it didn't do much.........had to repeat it...........TWICE. The third time I let it sit, after putting the vinegar down drain, for a bit..........then flushed it with hot water..........it worked.

I am going to try to remember to do this about every other month or so...................just because!
 

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The real trick (IMHO), is to let the BS/vinegar sit for 15-20 minutes, then pour boiling water into the drain. Works well for me also, and I don't have to use nasty chemicals.
 

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About 10 years ago I had a clogged kitchen drain and bathtub drain. The plumber who came to clear them out told me to pour down a quart of bleach about once a week, let it stand overnight and then to pour down two quarts to a gallon of boiling water. I do it only about once a month since there are no kids. The bleach dissolves the hair and soap that are significant clog factors. I know bleach is less friendly than vinegar, but I have not had a single blocked drain in ten years, except when a thing of coffee grounds was accidentally tipped into the kitchen sink.

I do it about once a month and also if I feel a drain seems to be running slowly. My bathroom sink is the one that has the most issues.
 

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Not only the environ. factor.............but in this area vinegar is quite a bit cheaper than bleach.............for whatever reason.

Have never heard......for sure........about which one is harder on the pipes. And since they hooked me to the sewer a few years back...........have plastic pipes......or whatever they call them.
 

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Ok, my tub drain is clogged, probably with my hair. I did the soda, vinegar, boiling water thing twice two days in a row and its still not clear. Should I just keep repeating?

what do you do with the salt?
 

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Baking Soda Drain Cleaner
If water hasn’t yet backed up in your drain, pour 1 cup of baking soda followed by 3 cups of boiling water. The boiling
water will change the chemical composition of baking soda, making it more alkaline. Repeat a few times until the drain is clear.

Washing Soda Drain Cleaner
If the water isn’t going down the drain, pour a cup of washing soda over the drain area and let it set for a while to work its way down to the clog. Once the clog is loosened, use the baking soda method, above. Washing soda is more alkaline than baking soda, with a pH of 11. You never want to use washing soda if a commercial acid drain cleaner has recently been used in the drain, as they will strongly react with each other. You also shouldn’t overuse washing soda if you have PVC pipes, as the caustic nature of washing soda can slowly damage the plastic.

The Bubbling Method Using Vinegar and Baking Soda
Baking soda and vinegar react with each other to cause bubbles and fizzing. Sometimes the fizzing can unlodge clogs. Follow the baking soda and boiling water formula, above, with 1 cup of vinegar.

Enzyme Drain and Garbage Disposal Maintenance
All natural living enzyme culture drain cleaners will actually eat and break down any organic matter. Using enzyme drain cleaners once a month, such as Bi-O-Kleen’s Bacout, will help not just your drains, but your septic system. They will also significantly reduce odor from garbage disposals. Colonies of enzymes will actually continue to grow and break down organic matter in your drains .

Washing Soda Maintenance
Enzymes don’t work as well on hair clogs, so to keep drains clear that tend to collect hair, such as in the shower and bath. A few times a month pour 1 cup of washing soda followed by a thorough flushing of water



Read more: Clearing Clogged Drains | Care2 Healthy Living
 
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