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Frugal Tip: Safer, Cheaper Drain Cleaner

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | 1 comments
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tidymom.net: Keep the plumber away - Natural Homemade Drain Cleaner
Did You Know? Drain-O, or any other clog busting chemical, eventually eat away at your rubber seals.

Here is a safer and cheaper drain cleaner:
I have personally used this tip in the past for clogged drains - and it really did work!

I would pour a 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda into the clogged drain, then pour in 1/2 cup of vinegar.

I would let it sit for about 20-30 minutes.

Then I would dump a pot filled with boiling water - and the drain would clear immediately!

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Marva Nic Bran posted: Nice...gotta try that...thanks...

Amy Shifton posted: This is also a way to clean your washer and dishwasher

Keith Stevens posted: Works on some clogs for me

Nicole Krause posted: I just used this on Saturday. My husband thought I was nuts when I was doing it, but was impressed when it worked

Bev Krake posted: Yes, I have tried this many times, but still doesn't quite work sometimes. How I would like it to work vs Draino , but it does seem to have somewhat of an effect for the most part

Jennifer Cooper posted: This didn't work for me

Karolyn Kostlivy posted: Been using this for years.....someone told me about it when I moved into my apartment, uhmmm....over 15 years ago.....once a week I do it in my kitchen sink and have never ever had a blocked pipe!

Heather Minnich posted: On the advice of a plumber after the disastrous use of Liquid Plumber on very old pipes, I use Clorox to clear minor clogs.

Sarah Bentley Haiar posted: It also works to soak in your bathtub as a cleaning agent for those of us with ceramic tubs.

Roberta Dias posted: Heloise has given this tip many times and it is very effective, not to mention safe and costs pennies

Regina Vaughn posted: Thx - now you really enlightened me about that.....environmentally safe ......really did not know that you could unplug the drain like that. Good tip!

Arm + Hammer Pure Baking Soda 8oz - It cleans, deodorizes and even bakes effectively and inexpensively.Chef's Quality Distilled White Vinegar - 1 jug, 1 gallon

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Arm + Hammer Baking Soda
Chef's Quality Distilled White Vinegar
Earth Friendly Products Earth Enzymes, Drain Opener
Plumb Pak Handy Snake Drain Cleaner

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I tried this in my bathtub drain and it did not work. I do believe that it probably would be good for just routine drain cleaning (to keep sludge from building up i your pipe & causing a slow drain). And it would be good for freshening your drain if it has an odor. But if you have a hair clog, which is generally what a bathtub clog is going to be, it is not effective. Unfortunately there is nothing in baking soda or vinegar that is going to eat away at the hair clog

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