If you’ve got yourself a backed-up kitchen sink or clogged bathtub, then we’ve got just the hack for you. Drain-cleaning solutions can be costly, and they’re laden with toxic chemicals, so aren't the friendliest for our environment, either. So we bring you baking soda and vinegar — the only twosome you will ever need to unstuff a stubborn clog in your home from here on out.
Whether you’re just noticing that water is accumulating in your drain or it’s already pretty backed up, this hack is here to save the day. Since drains use gravity to move water and aren’t pressurized like the rest of your pipes, this hack uses boiling water to add pressure and help flush grime away. What’s more, the chemical reaction between the baking soda’s sodium bicarbonate (a base) and vinegar (which contains acetic acid) breaks up the clog to get things moving. Here’s how to do it.
How to Unclog Your Drains With Baking Soda and Vinegar
- Mix a solution of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup water.
- Boil a pot of water and pour the boiling water into the clogged drain.
- Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by your vinegar solution.
- Place the drain cap back on and wait about 10 minutes. In the meantime, boil another pot of water.
- Pour the pot of boiling water down the drain to flush the lifted grime away.
And there you have it! In just five simple steps, you can achieve flowing drains without even having to go to the store. If the hack doesn’t work the first time around, be patient and give it another go, as there might be some extra sticky gunk lurking in your drain. Otherwise, this hack is a great eco-friendly way to keep your pipes clean, so you can do it once a month or so for maintenance to prevent future clogs from happening. Happy cleaning!