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.

Unlike store-bought drain cleaners, you don't have to worry about this one damaging your pipes. It's tough on clogs -- not your plumbing. Use it to clean your kitchen drain or your bath tub drain. You can even use it to fix a clogged toilet. Baking soda and vinegar are a powerful and versatile combo that you'll definitely want to add to your arsenal.

Tips:

  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 that was loosened by your drain cleaner.
  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 (grapefruit will work, too) down the drain, and run the disposal.

The citrus oils will neutral odors and sanitize the blades. Get in the habit of grinding all of your citrus peels. They'll do your disposal more good than your trash can.

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.

Make Your Own Air Freshener

Vinegar can also be used to freshen the air and other surfaces in your home. Here's how to capture the freshening power of vinegar.

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