How to Unclog Drains without Harmful Substances:  Natural Homemade ‘Drain-o’

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You can consider yourself a lucky person if you don’t know what the effects of a clogged drain and a severe drain blockage are. This can be a very serious problem that can make more and more related problems that end up costing you time, money and a couple of really uncomfortable days in your own home. Therefore, before going on a hunt for a good plumber who has a hotline 24/7, doesn’t charge extra for emergency calls and has reasonable prices, try and do something about your pipes on your own. Some minor blockages can be done with some chemicals that are not that harmful for the environment.

Make Your Own Drain De-Blocking Fluid

For this, you will need vinegar, baking soda, and some boiling water. First, you need to carefully pour the baking soda down the drain and make sure that is all the way down, as long as it can reach. You will need about ½ cup of it. Then, you need to pour down ½ cup of vinegar and block the pipe so that the bubbling and the fizzing go down and not up. After the first ‘attack’ you should pour another ½ cup of vinegar to make sure. Wait for 15 minutes and then pour down a gallon of boiling water. In this way, the soda and the vinegar reaction will take care of all the stubborn grease that blocks the drains and it will soften it and decompose it. The boiling water will finish the job and flush down all the things that got piled up in that narrow spot.

 Make Drain Snake

Drain snake will mechanically remove all the things that have been blocking the drains and that got stuck in there. You can buy one, or you can make one on your own. For some more shallow blockages that are not that deep in the drains, you can even use the head of the clothes hanger for that purposes. You just need a long rope of metal and something in the end with which you can ‘catch’ the material that has been clogging the drains and pull it out. There are really inexpensive versions of this available and it is amazingly useful for light blockages.


Nobody likes it, everybody has it and it is definitely something to try first. The vacuum that the plunger creates when you press it against the opening is what pulls the material that blocks the drains and makes it flow down the pipes. It is cool as a sort of a first aid but more serious blockages need to be dealt with more seriously as this may just shift it further down the pipes.

Boiling Water

Nothing else, just boiling water will get rid of the blockages that are caused by the grease and other material of organic origin that can be diluted in hot water. Also, the force of water will push some of the blockage through. Therefore, this can be very useful and it should be attempted unless you suspect that there are some physical blockages that may cause that same water to get back and overflow the blocked drain.

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Dry and Wet Vacuum

This can come really handy for some sorts of blockages. You can take the old plunger head and place it over the drain opening and install the vacuum on it. Set it to liquid and try to suck in everything that has been bothering your pipes. The effects it has depend on the strength of the vacuum and the amount of blockage.

Another Recipe, Just in Case

If you are missing vinegar from your kitchen, for some reason, you can mix salt and baking soda in the same amounts and pour it down the drains following with boiling water. This should take care of the business.

However, if you are not sure about the amount of the blockage or you suspect that there is more to it, always call professionals for help (like plumbers Sydney) and avoid more problems that can be made by unprofessional dealing with the pipes and overlooking the more serious issues about them.

Diana Smith, the author of this article is a full-time mom of two beautiful
girls. Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.

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