To unclog drains with natural products, pour some baking soda and vinegar down the drain. Use a drain auger to remove stubborn clogs.
Several drain cleaning products contain corrosive chemicals. To unclog a drain naturally, run through the following steps.
- Pour baking soda and vinegar down the drain
- Let the mixture fizz
- Rinse the drain with boiling water
- Snake the drain
- Pour in some lemon juice
Pour half a cup of baking soda into the drain. Add half a cup to 1 cup of white vinegar.
Let the baking soda and vinegar mixture fizz in the drain for 10 minutes.
Pour 4 cups of boiling water down the drain.
If the baking soda and vinegar mixture fails to remove the clog, work a drain auger into the pipes. Feed the coiled "snake" end of the tool into the drain and turn the handle to push the snake deeper into the drain. When the snake reaches some resistance, turn the handle to break up the clog. Remove the auger to pull out any remaining material.
Adding lemon juice to the drain can help deodorize the pipes.
To avoid clogs from occurring in the first place, avoid washing large debris down the drain. A drain basket can help keep larger particles from going down the drain.