There is nothing more annoying and messy than a clogged drain. Well, maybe a sewer leak is worse, but we digress. A clogged drain is a normal part of life; every now and then, this clog must be cleared out.
There is a special solution you can buy that dissolves the clog, but sometimes you just don’t have time for a shopping trip. Luckily, there is a simple DIY hack you can do, and it requires just a few staple household items. Read on and learn how you can unclog your drain in mere minutes.
Tools & Materials Needed
- Boiling water
- Dish soap
- Baking soda
Unclog Your Drain Naturally
1. Boil the Water
You will need hot, boiling water for this job. Go ahead and boil a big pot or kettle of water. Handle it carefully and keep those little kiddos far away while you work with it.
2. Pour Water and Dish Soap Down the Drain
Once the water is boiled, pour it down the clogged drain along with the dish soap. Most dish soaps have a degreasing agent in their formulation, which will loosen the clog from its place.
3. Scoop the Baking Soda into the Drain
Now, it's time to pour baking soda into the drain. This will further dissolve the clog. If you have a funnel, you can place it directly into the drain and pour the baking soda into it. We found that scooping it in with a spoon also works well.
4. Pour Vinegar
This step is the fun part that feels like a science experiment. Pour a cup of vinegar down the drain. You will immediately hear sizzling and may even see some bubbling as the vinegar mixes with the baking soda. This helps loosen the clog even more and makes it untangle from the place where it is stuck inside the drain.
5. More Boiling Water
Let the vinegar work its magic for about five minutes. While that is going on, boil two more cups of water. After the five minutes are up, pour the boiling water down the drain for a final flush.
After this final step, you will have an unclogged drain, and the pooled water will go away. Depending on the size of the clog, you may need to repeat this process a couple of times for it to dissolve completely.
Hack Didn’t Work?
If this hack doesn’t work after several times repeating these steps, the clog might be more significant than expected, or you may have a bigger problem in your pipes. Contact Erica’s Plumbing today if you weren’t able to dislodge the clog by calling us.
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