How to Unblock A Drain

Not long after moving house the drain to our shower became blocked. I didn't know any better and bought a fairly expensive chemical product from our local grocery store. When I was reading all the warnings on the container alarm bells started going off in my head. Do I really want to be using a product that suggests wearing gloves, face masks and warns of chemical burns? Definitely not. I started doing some research on how to unblock a drain safer, chemical free ways to unblock a drain and what I discovered was pure magic.

How to Unblock A Drain Safe Way

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Yes, Vinegar and Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda). It is that easy, cheap and safe.

Remove as much water as you can from the offending sink.​

​Pack your drain with as much Baking Soda as possible. You should be able to get 1/2 - 1 cup in and around it. Leave it there for about 10 minutes. Go back and see if you can get any more baking soda in the drain. Usually it's dropped down a bit and you can pack a bit more in. Then pour vinegar over the Baking Soda. It will start to fizz and react.

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Keep pouring the vinegar over the drain until all the baking soda has disappeared and it is no longer reacting. It usually takes about 1/2 a litre, maybe more depending on how much baking soda you managed to get in.

All done. You can run cold water down the drain to check that it's working and wash down all the baking soda and vinegar. It should be completely clear now. Once, I had to do it twice for it to work but our house is over a hundred years old and the drains aren't in very good shape.

​The Chemical Reaction

I remember making a Baking Soda and Vinegar volcano is science class many years ago. The reason the two products react together is simply that Baking Soda is an alkali which reacts with the acid in the Vinegar to neutralise the two chemicals.

I remember making a Baking Soda and Vinegar volcano is science class many years ago. The reason the two products react together is simply that Baking Soda is an alkali which reacts with the acid in the Vinegar to neutralise the two chemicals.

Don't ask me how it technically cleans and clears drains though - it just does!

Maintaining your Kitchen Drain​

I regularly clean my stainless steel sink and bench with baking soda. I put spread about half a cup of baking soda in the bottom of the sink and start scrubbing it in and up the sides of the sink. Sometimes I walk away and do something else for 10 minutes and let it sit there.

How to unclog a kitchen drain

​To clean it away I pour about a cup of vinegar over it and it fizzes away and washes down the drain. I then rinse the whole area with cold water.

I find that this makes my stainless steel sink shine like no other cleaning produce can as well as gives the drain a good preventative clean at the same time.

Preventing Build Ups of Oil​

If a lot of oil goes down your kitchen sink an free, easy and chemical-free way to prevent it building up is with hot water. When you boil your kettle to make a cup of tea or coffee pour the remaining hot water down your kitchen sink to help break down any oil that's gone down the drain.​

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Final Thought

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Crissy Reavis
 

As a Home and kitchen related content writer, Crissy Reavis explores the latest ideas of home and kitchen. She got her B.A. in Interior Design. As a former writer of home improvement magazine, now Crissy wanted to share her experiences in this review site.

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