If you’ve been a homeowner for years, you probably depend on drain cleaner products like Drano to remove clogs from sinks and tubs. This isn’t really surprising since these cleaners have been proven time and again to really work and have helped numerous people deal with clogs over the years.
But here’s what you should know: there are several techniques you can use to dislodge clogs and keep your drains in good shape ― without having to use commercial drain cleaners! Here are several strategies you can implement:
Plunge Your Plumbing Worries Away
You probably already have a plunger in your house, so go ahead and use it. If you don’t, a quick run to your local hardware or home improvement store will let you buy a plunger. Once you have this tool on hand, you need to:
1. Place it over your drain and ensure that it completely covers the opening. There’s no need to remove standing water; in fact, if your sink or tub is dry, it’s better to fill it with hot water since it will help the plunger do its job.
2. Once it’s in place, pump the plunger up and down vigorously several times (six to ten times is enough).
3. Take it off to see if the drain is now okay; if the clog is still there, repeat the steps until it’s dislodged.
Achieve Victory With Vinegar
You probably already know that vinegar is good for cleaning mirrors and refrigerator shelves. Its talents don’t stop there, though, since it can also remove clogs when paired with baking soda. If you’re ready to start, here are some of the steps you must take:
1. Ensure the sink or tub is completely dry. If it has standing water, scoop it up using a cup or a bowl. (Make sure that it’s an old or damaged cup or bowl that you can throw away afterward.)
2. Once area is dry, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain. You may have to push it down with a stick or a spatula if the drain is too clogged.
3. Pour a cup of vinegar into the drain. If it doesn’t flow down, use a stopper to force it down towards the clog.
4. Wait five to ten minutes for the vinegar and baking soda to work. Once the time is up, pour hot water into the drain to check if the clog is still there or not. Repeat the steps until the clog is dislodged.
Say “Sayonara” To Clogs With Salt
Salt is a staple for cooks, but it should also be a staple for homeowners who want to fight clogs. To you use it, you can:
1. Get one-half cup of salt and one cup of baking soda. Mix them well and pour down the drain.
2. Don’t use your drain overnight to let the mixture work on the clog.
3. The next morning, pour two cups of hot water down the drain to check if the clog is still present or not. Repeat steps one, two, and three until the clog disappears.
Explore these solutions to unclog your drain without using commercial drain cleaners!