Baking soda and vinegar are one of the most underrated power couples. The two of them combined are unstoppable and provide a wide range of uses for all around the house (besides fun science experiments!). One of the more useful duties these common household products are capable of performing is cleaning drains.
If you’ve read our previous posts, you’ve probably noticed that we are a big fan of the Bio Clean – a natural enzyme that breaks down organic materials to allow water to flow freely. While we stand by this, we’ve also found that in a pinch, baking soda and vinegar will clear some of the less-stubborn drain clogs.
P.S see how you can use baking soda to get rid of tough toilet stains!
Read below to see how you can easily restore flow to your drains.
The first step to clean drains is to pour a pot of boiling how water down the drain. This will loosen up any sludge that is stuck in the bottom of your drain.
Then you can pour ½ - 1 cup of baking soda into the drain. You’ll want to let this sit for a few minutes to maximize its’ effectiveness. This will also help to loosen up the sludge.
Vinegar & Hot Water
Now you will pour a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup hot water into the drain. (You can mix these two together in a glass measuring cup and then add to the drain). Cover the drain with a plug to ensure that the chemical reaction is kept down, jolting the clog loose and restoring flow.
More Hot Water
As you can see, hot water plays a very important role in this procedure. That’s because it helps to loosen the grime, and then flush away the slimy stuff. Make sure you pour in one last pot of boiling water after the vinegar and baking soda have had a chance to work their magic. This also ensures that the potent smell of vinegar is washed away.
This treatment works well on bathroom and kitchen sinks, but it also doubles as a garburator cleaner/freshener. For garburators, you’ll want to switch on the disposal for just a couple seconds in the baking soda step. This ensures that the baking soda gets into all the nitty-gritty areas of the drain. You can then let the baking soda and hot water sit in the drain for 10 – 20 minutes to maximize the odor-killing capabilities.
Easy peasy, right?
Try this drain cleaning method on less-troublesome clogs or even perform it routinely to prevent any build-up of waste. If this method didn’t quite clear up that stubborn drain, give Ace Plumbing a call to book your $99 drain cleaning service!