Homemade Drain Cleaner and Declogger

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Everyone has had those moments when a sink drain has been clogged or has had an unpleasant odor exuding from it. Even though you may not think that cleaning drains are possible without the use of a toxic cleaner, the fact is you can unclog and rid yourself of the smell in drains with a couple of common ingredients you would find in your kitchen. Baking soda has to be the best household cleaner, because it is gentle, while having a foaming action that can pull dirt and grease away. It is also completely food safe and natural, and can eliminate smells easily. For this reason, baking soda should be employed for all of your household cleaning needs. Cleaning drains will never have been as easy as this cleaning recipe from Mirj at Food.com.

This home cleaning method for how to clean a kitchen sink drain will be one you will want to include in your arsenal because it is extremely effective. Natural baking soda will not work well at cleaning drains alone, however; while it is effective on its own as a light abrasive and smell eliminator, it won’t usually foam until something acidic or hot is added to it. That is where vinegar comes in, which helps activate the baking soda, allowing it to foam and efficiently clean the entire drain. Just like in baking, something needs to be added to baking soda that will cause it to form bubbles by producing gas. The activating element will often be in the form of vinegar, but not always. Other items that would work are lemon juice, buttermilk, or yogurt, which are all acidic ingredients. Since white distilled vinegar is the least expensive of these and also has a higher acid content, it is the most efficient cleaning tool when combined with baking soda.

Although your kitchen sink may be the most likely sink in your home to get clogged and smelly, the baking soda and vinegar hack will effectively unclog drains in your home. Consider trying this on your shower drain, which can be blocked by soap scum, or even on your bathroom sinks. The cleaning process is a cinch; you have to sprinkle in the baking soda, followed by the vinegar. The mixture will foam up, and you will probably want to let it sit for several minutes before running water through for the most effective cleaning solution.

If you have particularly clogged drains, you may find that you have to undergo this procedure a couple of times until the clog and smells are completely gone. You might find that you have to repeat this on a regular basis, or every month or so, but this will be more indicative of how much use your kitchen sinks get and how effectively you clean them after doing dishes. As a preventative measure so that you won’t have to clean your drains with vinegar and baking soda as frequently, always drain your sink with the trap in it to catch food particles, and then discard. Thank you to Mirj at Food.com, for sharing their cleaning solution on how to unclog sink drains.**

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