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Use 3rd Grade Science to Unclog Your Drain

Rather than pouring a veritable cocktail of chemicals down your drain, use a couple of kitchen (or science experiment) supplies and a pot of boiling water to get things flowing smoothly again.

By Real Simple Magazine Apr 12, 2012 8:02PM

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

1. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar down the clogged drain. 

2. Cover the drain with a wet cloth for 5 minutes.

3. Remove the cloth and flush the drain with steaming-hot water.


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Apr 13, 2012 1:59PM
I have tried several different "chemical" drain uncloggers and they wouldn't even touch my clog, but the baking soda and vinegar did the trick and didn't create toxic fumes.
Apr 13, 2012 2:56PM
I guess a cherry bomb would be a bad idea!
Apr 13, 2012 2:57PM
When sinks clog with hair, etc., its easier to just remove the P-Trap and remove the debris from it.
Apr 13, 2012 2:11PM
I use a plunger in the sink and or tub.  At the same time you must block the overflow drain hole(s) with a wet cloth. Sometimes it takes two people.  I live with all girls with long hair. Unclogging the tub drain is a regular occurance.  As for covering the roof vent, that is unnecessary unless your pipes are clogged deeper into the piping system.
Apr 13, 2012 1:18PM

A wet cloth is the only thing covering the drain, it won't build up enough pressure to burst a pipe.  The worst it would do is push the wet towel out ot the way.  The first thing you have to do is get the water out of the sink.  Use a cup or bowl untill most of the water is out, then use either a wet-vac or soak it up with towels.

Apr 13, 2012 1:04PM
 Gassy, As long as the drain is vented, I dont think the pipe will burst.
Apr 13, 2012 1:16PM

... How do you get to the clog if you have 3 or 4 inches of water in the sink ?...


...God Bless America...   AGAIN !

Apr 13, 2012 3:09PM
Remember to use those things they sell to prevent hair and such from going down the drain in the first place.  It really does help!  Also, I bought this plastic thing called "Zip-It" at Walmart (it's sold in a two pack: I kept one and gave the other to my mom,) and it works great for getting hair clogs out of drains!  I used the Zip-It to unplug a tub drain that my old landlord claimed he couldn't fix.  (Zip-It is a tool every landlord, tenant, and home owner should own!)

I have used the baking soda and vinegar routine on the drain as well.  It ~does~ work, but it still makes sense to try to prevent the clog in the first place.

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