Use vinegar and baking soda as a drain cleaner by removing excess water from the fixture, pouring down the baking soda, following with the vinegar, waiting a few minutes and dumping boiling water down the drain. Do not mix the vinegar and baking soda beforehand as they neutralize each other.
- Remove excess water from the fixture
If there is standing water in the fixture, use a cup to move it from the sink into a bucket. Remove as much of the excess water as possible.
- Pour baking soda down the drain
Remove any plugs from the drain, and slowly pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down it. Pour the powder slowly so that most of it makes its way down the drain.
- Add vinegar to the drain
Slowly pour 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain. The mixture sometimes bubbles up out of the drain. Once you add all the vinegar, cover the drain with a washcloth.
- Wait for the reaction to work
The bubbling action in the sink trap helps to loosen the debris causing the clog. Wait at least five minutes to allow the bubbling to stop.
- Rinse with hot water
Pour a pan of boiling water down the drain. The hot water helps to melt any grease or soap that is contributing to the clog.