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Frugal Tip: Safer, Cheaper Drain Cleaner

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, February 18, 2023 | 1 comments
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Image: Tidymom.net: Keep the plumber away - Natural Homemade Drain Cleaner
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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!

From our Facebook fan page:

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

Image: Chef's Quality Distilled White Vinegar

Shopping Suggestions:

🚰 Arm + Hammer Baking Soda

🚰 Happy Belly Distilled Vinegar

🚰 Green Gobbler Liquid Hair Drain Clog Remover and Cleaner

🚰 Snake Drain Cleaning Brush

🚰 Commercial Style 'Plumbers Plunger' with Large Bellows

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About Catherine: I have been writing frugal tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three sons, who are all grown up - and re-married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and Bella, the cat.

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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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