Homemade Drain Cleaner Recipe

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Store-bought drain cleaners are expensive and caustic. Learn how to make your own homemade drain cleaner using this simple recipe.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 minutes

What You Need:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar

Here's How:

  1. Pour half a box of baking soda down the drain.
  2. Pour vinegar over top of the baking soda to create a foaming action.
  3. Allow the foam to settle; then, repeat until all of the baking soda is gone.
  1. Enjoy a fresher smelling drain, and more money in your pocket.


  1. For maximum effect, allow the drain to sit unused for a while after cleaning.
  2. Run hot water down the drain the first time you use it. This should help to remove any dirt or debris left behind.
  3. Get in the habit of pouring baking soda down your kitchen drain before you go on vacation, so you won't come home to a stinky drain. Follow up with the vinegar when you get home.

Stinky disposal? 

Citrus peels to the rescue! Just stick some orange or lemon peels down the drain, and run the disposal. The citrus oils will neutral odors and sanitize the blades. In fact, this is a great thing to do any time you discover an orange or lemon that sat in the fruit bowl too long. 

To keep your disposal smelling fresh, it's also a good idea to run ice through your disposal periodically. It'll help to dislodge stuck-on food and sharpen the blades at the same time.

Cut Down on Odors and Waste

Avoid putting foods down the drain, and you'll deal with far fewer drain odors, plus you'll enjoy a smaller water bill. Many food scraps can be composted, and the few that can't can be thrown in the trash. If you're worried about a stinky trash can, just toss meat scraps in a grocery bag, and take them directly to your outdoor trash can.

Don't Forget About Your Dishwasher

If you dishes aren't coming out as clean as they used to, the cause could be a clogged drain. Follow these tips to clean and maintain your dishwasher properly.

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