If your drains are becoming less reliable, but you’re concerned about the quality and safety of retail drain cleaners, there are alternatives. Making a DIY drain cleaner is simple. There are many options that are extremely effective at clearing clogged and backed-up drains. And, all the ingredients you need are probably already in your home.
Here are some of the most common and effective DIY drain cleaners:
Baking Soda and Vinegar
No mixing involved here. Fill half a cup with baking soda and pour it down the drain. Then pour down a half a cup of vinegar. Plug the drain and leave it for an hour. Set your timer and when it goes off, pour a pot of boiling water down. If your drain is still clogged, repeat the process.
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
Perhaps you don’t appreciate the smell of vinegar. Lemon juice is an effective alternative with a better smell. With this method, pour a half a cup of baking soda into the drain first, and then a half a cup of lemon juice. As with the previous method, plug the drain after pouring the ingredients. An hour later, pour down a pot full of boiling water.
Baking Soda and Salt
It turns out baking soda works well with various ingredients. Instead of pouring each down the drain separately, mix a half a cup of table salt with a half a cup of baking soda. Then pour the mixture down the drain and wait 30 minutes. If it’s a more serious clog, leave the drain overnight. Then pour down the boiling water to clear it.
In this multi-step process, pour a quarter cup of salt into the clogged drain. Next, follow up with a quarter cup of sodium borate and, after you’re done, a half a cup of vinegar. Fill a pot with water and heat until it boils, and then pour it down the drain. Let the mixture sit for an hour or until the drain clears. Run hot tap water to rinse the rest of the solution down.
Baking Soda/Salt/Cream of Tartar
Pour a half cup each of baking soda and salt, along with two tablespoons of cream of tartar, into a sealable jar. Close the jar and shake. Once the ingredients are combined, pour half of the contents down the drain. Next, pour boiling water down and wait an hour. Run the tap to test the drain and use the rest of the contents as needed.
Not every DIY drain cleaning method requires creating a mixture that seems like a science experiment. Some useful household items can do the trick. One is a modified wire coat hanger. Unfurl the wire but keep the hook, which you’ll stick down the drain to drag up any food, grime, or hair that has built up in the pipe. Remove what you can and run the hot water to clear any remaining blockages.
A rubber plunger can work as well, especially for a kitchen sink. Drains typically curve under the sink, which is where food is most likely to get stuck. You probably won’t reach this area with a hook. First, run the warm tap and wait until the sink is half full, and then start plunging.
But not every drain clog can be cleared with a DIY approach. For stubborn clogs, contact Detour Plumbing and our licensed plumbers near Los Angeles can address the problem, 24/7. Call us now at 661-417-0955 or request service online.