Friday, October 16, 2009

Best Drain De-Clogger Ever!

I've used Draino, Liquid Plumber, and everything else under the sun, but I found something this past weekend that worked better than all of them combined. For some reason, my bathroom sink has a nasty habit of getting clogged every couple of months...probably because of the amount of hair that makes its way down there. Last time this happened I took to the disgusting task of removing the trap underneath and cleaning it out. I had to soak the thing in Simple Green overnight because it was so gunked up....GROSS.

I'll let you in on the secret....baking soda....vinegar...and boiling water. Yep, that's it. I thought to myself. That is waaaaaaaayyyy too simple to work as good as I need it to, but then I thought about all of those times when my parents would leave me alone and I'd make my own little 'volcano' in a plastic cup out in the yard with baking soda and vinegar. Yeah, I was a rebel.

Mr. B was intrigued by my little experiment so he helped me funnel about 1/2c of baking soda into the drain. This involved getting a 'pushing apparatus' (aka-pen) to get the baking soda down far enough to make the vinegar effective. Once we accomplished this, we donned our safety glasses and poured 1c of white distilled vinegar down the drain.

At first, the vinegar wasn't going down far enough to do any damage. It was fizzing and bubbling, but nothing spectacular was happening. I decided to take matters into my own hands and get a wooden skewer to push the baking soda/vinegar mixture further down in the drain. This worked like a charm and before we knew it all kinds of disgusting stuff was bubbling up (I didn't take pictures because I was busy gagging). We let this sit for about 10-15 minutes and put a cloth over the drain and then we poured about 4 cups of boiling water down the drain. This worked like a charm and is definitely an important step.

So next time your drain is clogged don't go buy those expensive, caustic, chemical laden drain cleaners. Reach into your kitchen cabinet and have a little fun :)

1 comment:

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