Making Homemade Drain Cleaner

A blocked drainage is an inevitable problem which almost everyone has to face every now and then. All of us make all the possible efforts to keep the drain clean but in some or the other way, it does get messed up and we are left with no option than calling a plumber or buying a ready-made drain cleaner. Not only do ready-made drain cleaners cost a lot, but they can also prove hazardous if not handled properly, for the user and also for the environment. Most of the commercial drain cleaners contain caustic soda which can burn the skin. So instead, you could make a homemade drain cleaner, that too with very few things which are easily available at home and which do not have any harmful effects. The following are some methods for making drain cleaner.

Drain Cleaner with Tartar

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • ¼ cup tartar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup baking soda

Process

Firstly, boil the water in a container. Meanwhile, pour the baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar in a measuring cup and mix well. Pour the mixture into a plastic sealable bag and shake well. Your drain cleaner is ready to be used. Simply measure ¼ cup into a glass and pour it into the clogged drain. Pour the boiled water over it and let it stand for about 30 minutes. Then, run freshwater through the drain. The clogged drain will be completely clean by then. You can find cream of tartar in your nearby store and buy it in bulk so that you can prepare this homemade drain cleaner and store it.

Drain Cleaner with Vinegar

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup vinegar

Process

Firstly, discard all the water from the sink and then pour the baking soda right through the drain. Now, pour the vinegar and plug the drain immediately; for best results do not wait for the vinegar to settle down in the drain. Once the bubbles are formed, wait for them to settle down, which will take about 30 minutes. After the required time, pour the boiling water down the drain. The science behind this is simple; when a base like baking soda is added to an acid like vinegar, carbon dioxide and sodium acetate are formed, which naturally scrub the drain clean. And when we pour down boiling water, the gunk is dissolved and flushed, leaving the drain clean. Baking soda and vinegar also prevent odor. You can use this solution to unclog kitchen sink or any other drain.

These were some easy homemade drain cleaner recipes. As stated earlier, do not wait for the drains to get clogged; clean them regularly. For regular clearing of drains, pour 4 tablespoons of washing soda in hot water, and pour this mixture through the drain. Rinse with hot water after 15 minutes. This will avoid the clogging of drains. With such simple remedies at hand, cleaning shouldn’t remain a herculean task anymore.