Clogged drains are a part of home ownership, no matter how good you are at maintaining your home there will inevitably be a clogged drain here and there. This list of 7 all natural ways to fix a clogged drain will help you when those stubborn situations arise.
Baking soda: is the ultimate clog remover! Remove as much liquid out of the top of the drain as you can then pour a cup of baking soda down the drain. Heat a kettle and carefully pour it down the drain, letting the water go down slowly. Repeat if necessary until the water goes down smoothly. Then let the cool water run. Viola! No more clog!
A Plunger: they sell small plungers for sinks. All you need is the small plunger and a few inches of water in the sink to create the vacuum seal. A few forceful plunges is usually enough to loosen the clog. You can get more info on proper technique from this video.
Vinegar: Vinegar can do anything. It is great at getting rid of stubborn hard water and calcium deposits, which can sometimes lead to a clogged drain. To unclog your drain with vinegar you need to remove as much liquid as possible then pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down the drain then let it sit for a half hour. The vinegar needs time to work its magic! When the half hour is up pour hot water down the drain to wash away the clog. If the clog is very stubborn repeat and let the vinegar stand for a bit longer before you add the hot water.
Clean the Stopper: Pull out and inspect the stopper to make sure there isn’t a lot of buildup wrapped around it, sometimes hair and soap scum can accumulate around the stopper and clog the drain. If you think the clog may be close to the opening use a plumbing snake to try to remove it. Always wear protective eyewear and have a bucket handy to catch any debris you pull out of the drain.
A Wet/Dry Vacuum: If you have access to a wet/dry vacuum it is a great tool to remove clogs from drains. First you use it as a wet vac for the water that is stuck on top of the clog, then you use the dry vac to create a seal and try to draw the clog up and out of the drain. You'll see some other similar methods for clearing clogs in this video.
All Natural Dish Detergent: Pour a half a cup of detergent down the drain. The soap will act as a lubricant for the pipe and the clog will be able to slip down the drain. The soap also deteriorates the dirt and grime from the clog making it smaller and easier to pass down the pipe.
Water Pressure and Gravity: If the clog is very stubborn you can try to loosen it with the baking powder and vinegar mixture, then stop the drain, fill the sink up with hot water, pull the plug out and let the force of the water going down the drain loosen the clog.
Any of these options should work on even the toughest clog. The best solution is to carefully maintain your drains so that you don't’ have to deal with a large clog later. Pouring baking soda and vinegar recipe down your drain once a month is enough to ensure that your remove any potential clogs before they grow to become a bigger problem. You probably want to avoid calling a plumber for drain cleaning without trying other methods first, so give these tips a shot!