DIY Drain Cleaner

All the harsh chemicals in store-bought drain cleaners can impact more than just your wallet and your sense of smell! Here are a few DIY drain cleaner ideas that are natural and will help you save money and the environment.

Baking Soda & Vinegar

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 cup vinegar

Mix your baking soda with the table salt and pour it down the drain. Heat up your vinegar and pour it down next. It will foam and bubble. Cover the drain with a plug or duct tape to prevent the mixture from escaping. Let it sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, run hot tap water or pour boiling water down the drain for 30-60 seconds.

For stubborn clogs, repeat the process. If you perform this method once a month on a regular basis, you will keep your drain clear and fresh.

Cream of Tartar

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • ⅛ cup cream of tartar
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 cups boiling water

Mix your baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in a jar. Pour two cups of boiling water down the drain and add your homemade mix. Let everything sit for at least an hour. The salt and baking soda will work on the clog, while the cream of tartar cleans metals.

If it’s still clogged, pour one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar down the drain, followed by two cups of boiling water. Let it work overnight to clear the drain.

Dish Soap & Water

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp. of dish wash detergent
  • Pot of boiling water

Put your detergent into a pan of boiling water, then slowly pour the hot water into the drain. This is effective at breaking up fatty grease clogs because you are returning the fats to a liquid state, then the detergent helps move the grease out of the drain and down the pipes.

Borax, Salt, & Vinegar

What you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup salt
  • ¼ cup borax
  • ½ cup vinegar

Pour your salt and borax down the drain, followed by the vinegar. Pour a pot of boiling water down after your solution and let it sit for at least an hour before rinsing with hot tap water.

If you’ve got a clog that just won’t seem to dissolve and go away, that’s where we come in! Call us today! (509) 535-3447 for service in Washington, or (208) 649-9991 for Idaho.

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