How to Unclog a Drain Naturally

If you have standing water in your shower, sink or bathtub you might have a clogged drain. Things like hair, dirt and debris can easily create back-ups, causing clogs. There are many ways to unclog a drain and one of the most effective and easy ways to do this is with a drain cleaning solution. You can go to your local store and purchase drain cleaner, but you can also make a natural drain cleaner at home. Creating a homemade drain cleaner is easy and can be effective in unclogging small blockages.

Tools and Supplies

You can easily clean drains with baking soda and vinegar along with some hot water. Using the recipe below you can create a natural drain cleaner at home:

• Baking Soda
• White Vinegar
• Hot Water

Instructions for Unclogging Drain Naturally

When a simple hand drain cleaning isn’t enough, sometimes, a natural drain cleaner will do the trick. Making a chemical-free, homemade drain cleaner, can be done easily with just a few simple, common household items. Follow these steps:

1. Pour half a cup of baking directly into the drain.
2. Pour a cup of vinegar directly into the drain. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes.
3. Start Boiling a pot a water.
4. Once boiled, pour the hot water directly into the drain.
5. If necessary, repeat this process another time or two.

Why Does this Work? 

As you will see, you can indeed clean drains with baking soda and vinegar. The reason this works is due to the combination of the chemical reaction that occurs when baking soda and vinegar are combined along with a flush of hot water. When baking soda and vinegar are together they create a frenzied reaction which helps loosen debris that is causing a blockage in the drain. Pouring the hot water on top of this reaction takes it a step further and helps flush the drain.

Call a Plumbing Professional if the Natural Drain Cleaner Didn't Work

If the natural drain cleaner solution didn't work and you have tried all other methods for unclogging the drain, it is time to call the plumbing professionals at Roto-Rooter. We are here to help 24/7 including holidays when you need service most. Our team of expert plumbers are here to handle all of your residential plumbing needs.  We will come out to assess the situation and give you a timeline and cost for repairs.