Thursday, January 17, 2013

DIY Natural "Drano"

One of my sinks has been draining slowly.  I figured it was the build up of my hair (gross I know but a fact of life) and put Drano on our shopping list.  Then I stopped and decided to see if I could do-it-myself using natural products around my house.  Sure enough, I found some great ideas online for how to get rid of sink buildup without having to use the noxious chemicals.  Hurrah!

I happened to have the ingredients at home already thanks to my super-Costco sizes of vinegar and baking soda.  Yet another use for them!

The recipe worked on my sink with only one application.  I had my 5 year old help since I figured she'd enjoy watching the bubbles fizz and she did!  It's a home-cleaning and science-experiment in one.

Natural Drain de-Clogger

Here is all you need:
1/2 cup of baking soda
1 cup of vinegar
1 qt (or so) or boiling water

1. Place the baking soda down your drain.  I unscrewed the top to help it go down and then screwed it back on.

2. Pour the vinegar over the baking soda.  It will fizz and bubble, kids love this part!  If it is staying in the sink mix it up with a spoon a bit to help it go down.  Once it's mostly down use the sink stopper.

3. Let it do its magic for at least 30 minutes.
4. Open the stopper and pour boiling water down the drain (I used 1 tea kettle full).

There you go!  The baking soda/vinegar work at the clogs and the hot water pushes it all down (including the more greasy gunk, again I say YUCK).

Happy de-clogging!

For more Baking Soda and/or Vinegar Uses look here:
10 Uses for Baking Soda
Homemade Pedialyte
Make Your Own Diaper Pail Deodorizer
Keurig Descaling


  1. Excellent tip! I think I will try this! Thank you! :)

  2. i did this and the boiling water cracked and broke my sink :(

    1. Oh no! What kind of sink did you have?

      I can't imagine boiling water breaking a sink, so sorry! Around here our water comes out practically boiling in the summer (Phoenix) maybe our sinks are more durable?