Green Plumbing: Clean A Clogged Drain The Natural Way

natural way to clean a clogged drainIt is not surprising for our kitchen sink drains, tub drains and even shower drains to get clogged. They’re used regularly and the thing is, we can’t always monitor whatever gets thrown in there. Even if we are very meticulous, there are just some things like strands of hair or small particles of soap that get into the pipes without being noticed. You’ll just know sooner or later that your drain is clogged because the water backs up and there’s this really horrible, sewer-like smell. And though most of you prefer to use strong chemical cleaners to get rid of the blockage, we advise that you stick with natural remedies to keep your pipes in good condition. The combination of vinegar and baking soda is among the most popular natural drain cleaners we know.  But how can these cooking ingredients get rid of the clog?

“Baking soda is a base and when combined with vinegar, an acid, reacts to form carbon dioxide and sodium acetate (remember the volcano you built in science class back in school- same concept! In drains, it works to create scrubby bubbles on the drain’s insides. Instead of rising up and out, as with the volcano, it is sent down into the drain dissolving the gunk. These natural, non-toxic ingredients get flushed further down ensuring a clog-free drain. Baking soda and vinegar are common, non-toxic ingredients posing no health dangers when used as discussed.” (See full article here.)

Apparently, the combination of baking soda and vinegar results to a chemical reaction, forming carbon dioxide and sodium acetate. So that’s why bubbles appear when the solution is poured in the drain! Pretty awesome, huh?! And the article also mentioned that sodium hydroxide is also found in most home cleaners and is simply known to us as lye. Anyway, if you’re ready to learn how to clear your clogged drain using these ingredients, read this step-by-step guide from WikiHow.

How to Clear a Clogged Drain with Vinegar

Suffering from clogged drains? Here is a simple and natural method to clear slow-draining bathroom or kitchen sinks using ordinary vinegar and a plunger.

We hope that the steps are clear enough to help you perform such simple DIY plumbing. And should you need professional help with unblocking drains or repairing clogged toilets, just look for the most reputed local plumbing company in the US! That’s us, Plumbers 911!

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Posted on: June 10, 2015