Homemade Drain Declogger

I'm having so much fun making my own cleaning products that I've found another recipe to share with you! Hooray! Isn't being a domestic wizard awesome?

Using store-bought cleaners means introducing tons of chemicals into your environment. While these chemicals aren't fatally dangerous, they can be harmful to you and yours. Making your own is cost-effective and a healthier life choice.

In case you missed my previous posts ... Check out my recipe for a homemade shower cleaner; you can also make your own Windex! I explain how here.

Today I'll teach you how to make your own drain declogger! Let's get our Ms. Clean on, y'all. 

LediaMedia's Homemade Drain Declogger

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • Plastic baggie
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Boiling water
  • Funnel (optional)

Creating Your Homemade Drain Declogger
  1. Begin boiling a small pot of water. A few cups should suffice. You will use this later on.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of salt into a plastic baggie. Shake.

Using Your Homemade Drain Declogger
  1. Pour baking soda and salt mixture down clogged drain.
  2. Pour 1 cup of vinegar down clogged drain. This chemical reaction will cause bubbling and gurgling noises.
  3. Let vinegar work it's magic for 5-10 minutes. Add time depending on the severity of the clog.
  4. Once water has boiled, pour down drain slowly.
DO NOT TOUCH the pipes for at least 30 minutes under the sink. Boiling water is HOT and WILL BURN YOU.
What I Learned
  • Pour boiling water down the drain SLOWLY. I poured mine all at once and it was almost too much for the pipe to take.
  • You don't have to use all of the baking soda/salt mixture. I used too much and it caused a mini-explosion when I added the white vinegar. Don't get me wrong-- it was AWESOME -- but it scared the shit out of me.
  • You may have to repeat several times for tough clogs.

What tricks do you use when declogging a stopped up drain? Please share in the comments below.