Making sure that your drains are clean is essential to avoid dealing with clogging issues. However, industrial drain cleaners can be too harsh and can cause damage to the pipes after several uses. But, opting for organic soaps is an effective solution for that. Here are some easy ways on how to make a natural drain cleaner:
You can make your natural drain cleaner with ingredients found in your pantries. Here are some easy ways on how to make a natural drain cleaner.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
Vinegar and baking soda are ingredients that can be found in a standard kitchen. They have several uses, but when they are combined, they can become great natural drain cleaners too. Aside from that, baking soda also has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which makes it help disinfect your drains too. Here are the steps on how to make vinegar and baking soda drain cleaner:
- Prepare a cup of water at a boiling temperature.
- Put water combined with dish soap into the drain
- Pour in the baking soda into the drain.
- Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the drain.
- Wait for the fizzing reaction and let it stay for at least 5 minutes.
- Add another 2 cups of boiling water to the drain.
- Repeat steps 1 to 6 again if the pipe is not yet thoroughly cleaned.
Vinegar and Baking soda mixture are not as potent as industrial drain cleaners, so you may need to repeat the steps over and over again.
Baking Soda and Cream of Tartar
Another natural drain cleaner that you can use is baking soda combined with cream of tartar. These are most effective when it comes to clogs caused by soap scum and accumulated hair. Cream of tartar is also called potassium bitartrate and is commonly used in baking and cleaning products. Here are the steps on how to use baking soda and cream of tartar as a drain cleaner:
- Combine ⅛ cup of cream of tartar, 1 cup of salt, and 2 cups of baking soda in a jar. Shake the jar well to combine the ingredients.
- Put 2 cups of boiling water on the drain and pour in the cream of tartar mixture.
- Let the mixture stay in the pipe for 1 hour.
- Rinse the drain with lukewarm water.
If your drain remains to be clogged, follow up the steps above with adding 1 cup of vinegar into the drain and 2 cups of boiling water. Allow the mixture to sit overnight and try to see whether the drain is working fine the next day.
Detergent and Water
Simple combinations that can be used as a drain cleaner are detergent and water. This combination is best used for drains with clogging issues due to accumulated grease. Here’s how to use it:
- Combine 2 tbsp of detergent and water in a pan. Bring it to a boil.
- Pour the mixture down the drain.
- Repeat this once a week.
You can make your natural drain cleaner with ingredients found in your pantries. The recipes mentioned above are most effective for specific drain issues, so you have to pick which one is more suitable for you.
Comment down below if you have any questions about how to use the mentioned ingredients as a drain cleaner.
Maintaining your drains and making sure it’s clean will help you avoid bigger issues. With those steps mentioned above, it doing the needed maintenance will be a lot manageable for you.
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Donald Giddings is founder and editor in chief at Green Living Zone. A lifelong sustainability enthusiast, John is always looking for the best way to live in harmony with nature. When he is not trying out new eco-friendly recipes, he writes engaging content about green, sustainable ways to maintain your home, body, and soul, readily sharing his abundant experience with other green living aficionados.
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