Nothing beats noticing halfway through your shower that the water level has crept up to your ankles. Ew! It happens to a lot of us, unfortunately. When you’re dealing with a clogged drain (sink or shower), utilize common home items to quickly tackle the problem. Here are five drain cleaners that you can manufacture at home with common household items.
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar. Allow one hour to pass after plugging the drain. Pour a saucepan of boiling water down the drain after that. If required, repeat the process.
Baking Soda + Lemon Juice
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup lemon juice. Allow one hour to pass after plugging the drain. Bring a kettle of water to a boil to finish.
*Use this approach instead of the first if you’re dealing with a blocked kitchen sink and prefer the fragrance of lemon to vinegar. Lemon juice, on the other hand, is a little more expensive than vinegar.
Combine two cups baking soda, 1/8 cup cream of tartar (about two teaspoons), and 1/2 cup salt in a mixing bowl. Give the solution a vigorous shake in a jar to combine it. Pour two cups of boiling water down the drain before pouring in your prepared mixture. Allow for at least an hour of resting time. The blockage will be removed by the salt and baking soda, while the metals will be cleaned by the cream of tartar.
Last but not least, many, if not all, clogs will need some manual labor. If the obstruction is caused mostly by hair, you may be able to remove it with your hands if you can reach it, or you may need to use a hook tool. Plungers are excellent for cleaning away less severe obstructions that you may be unable to reach. Before selecting the proper instrument, determine the type of blockage.
Salt + Borax + Vinegar
1/4 cup salt, followed by 1/4 cup Borax, should be poured down the drain. After that, pour 1/2 cup vinegar down the drain. Bring a kettle of water to a boil to finish. Allow one hour or until it clears before rinsing with hot tap water to remove any residual solution.
Whether it’s your kitchen sink or your bathroom drains, clogged drains are a typical problem. Drains can clog for a variety of causes, depending on the drain’s location, the plumbing system, and the water quality utilized.
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