DIY Drain Cleaner

October 2, 2018

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With all those showers, dirty dishes and clothes, eventually you will experience slow drains and if not handled in time, a complete backup of waste water!  Eww, waste water!  Hopefully a drain cleaner will fix the problem, otherwise a plumber will be needed to clear the clogged pipe(s). But you can keep your pipes as clean as possible with a little DIY preventive maintenance with a couple of ingredients you already have in your cabinets. For this project all you need is a pot of boiling water, a rag, a spoon or funnel, a cup of baking soda and a cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice.  Once you target your drain, bring a big pot of water to a boil and then pour it down the drain. Wait for the water to drain; this is the first step in loosening the gunk. Now, slowly send a cup of baking soda down the drain, using a spoon or funnel as necessary. Do it little by little so it's not all jammed at the top of the drain. Then slowly pour the cup of lemon juice down the drain.  You'll know it's working when you see a little fizzy, bubbly reaction. Use your rag (or drain stop) to cover the drain for about 30 minutes (no peeking). : Uncover the drain and send piping-hot water down it (again, either from the faucet or heated on the stovetop), letting it run for a few minutes. Wait for it all to drain. You may need to repeat a few times for super clogged drains. Repeat the process two to four times a year to prevent those big clogs from building up again.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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