What Are Some Home Remedies for Clogged Drains?


Some home remedies for clearing clogged drains include mixing baking soda with vinegar or salt and using boiling water to clear the clog. A home remedy to prevent clogs from forming uses a mixture of baking soda, salt and cream of tartar.

If the clog is not too severe, try pouring 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, and then pour 1/2 cup of vinegar. The mixing of the baking soda and vinegar creates a bubbling and foaming action, so lightly cover the drain. Allow the mixture to work for a couple of hours before attempting to run water down the drain.

If the clog is oily and greasy, dump 1/2 cup of salt along with 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain, and then pour in a teakettle of boiling water. Leave it alone for several hours or overnight to allow the clog to loosen before running the water.

Cleaning drains every week with a mixture of baking soda, salt and cream of tartar can help keep clogs from forming. Mix a cup each of baking soda and salt with 1/4 cup of cream of tartar. To clean drains, pour 1/4 cup of the mixture followed by a cup of boiling water down the drain, wait a few seconds, and then turn on the water.

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