Home Remedies for Clogged Drains

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Water flowing down the hole in a kitchen sink

 

 

One of the most common problems in any home is a drain that gets clogged.  Unfortunately, this is not something that happens just one time either. Clogged drains are a problem that occur over and over again. The good news is that you don’t have to use store-bought products that are loaded with chemicals to unclog the drain. Here are some great home remedies for clogged drains.

 

 

Plunger – A plunger will help unclog a drain as long as the clog is near the top of the drain. If it is too far down, you won’t get adequate suction to clear the clog. Be sure that you let the water run while doing this since this is needed to clear the blockage. You also want to be sure the plunger covers the opening of the drain.

 

 

Soda – Sodas that have a lot of fizz, like Coke or Pepsi, will work well for clearing out a clogged drain. You want to use a can of soda that is at room temperature. Pour the soda down the drain, allow to set for a couple hours and flush with hot water.

 

 

Baking Soda and Vinegar – The combination of baking soda and vinegar causes a fizzing reaction, which in turn will remove whatever gunk is causing the drain to clog. Combine ½ cup of vinegar with ½ cup of baking soda, allow to set for at least an hour and then flush with hot water.

 

 

Boiling water – This is probably one of the easiest methods to unclog a drain. Boil some water and pour into the drain in three segments, ensuring you want 7-8 seconds between pours. Boiling water usually works great in breaking up soap or grease that may be blocking the drain.

 

 

Dish soap – Dish soap acts like a lubricant and will break up any greasy gunk in your drain. Pour one cup of dish soap into the drain, let it set for an hour and flush with hot water.

 

 

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