Cheap, Green Drain Cleaner

Our shower was completely clogged two weeks ago. It didn’t even drain after a full day sitting there. Nasty!

But I was too lazy to go to the store. So I went online and searched for an alternative drain cleaner. The recipe I found was:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • hot water

So I boiled a small sauce pan of water (4-6 cups). I then scooped up the baking soda out of the bag we have and poured it over the drain to get as much of it as possible to float down into the drain to the clog. I then poured in the vinegar over the same spot. It immediately fizzled, bubbled, and showed its effervescence. I waited two or three minutes to let the bubbles do their work. Then in went the boiled water, still piping hot, down the drain.


So I started to repeat the steps. By the time I put more water on the stove to boil and walked back to the bathroom, the drain had cleared. A few weeks later and the drain is still clean as can be.

So I now have a green drain cleaner that won’t eat the pipes or kill the kids and fish. I highly, highly recommend that you also try this drain cleaner. It works well and the ingredients are probably already in your home, as they were in mine. Cheap, too!

2 thoughts on “Cheap, Green Drain Cleaner

  1. Hi Danny,
    I’ve been researching blogs for a new Internet marketing campaign for my business and found your post. You may be interested to know that it popped up on my Google alerts.

    The world is Going Green and it’s about time. I love your drain cleaner recipe – with one addition. Use the baking soda that’s been deodorizing your refrigerator. It will still work well as a drain cleaner and then you can put a fresh box of baking soda in the refrigerator.


  2. Good point! I’ll be sure to use the baking soda from the fridge next time. We bought a five pound bag in bulk from Smart & Final so we have plenty to go around. It was so much cheaper than buy the little yellow box from other stores.

    Thanks for the note about Google. My blog pings both Y! and Google each time it is updated so I’m glad it goes to some use. 🙂

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