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Sink De-Clogger

What you need: 

5-6 cups water
2 tablespoons baking soda
6 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

What you do: 

1. Boil water on kettle or stove. Meanwhile, measure out the baking soda and vinegar into 2 separate containers.
2. Carefully pour contents of the container with the soda in it down the drain.
3. Assure that all of the baking soda is in the drain before pouring in the measured vinegar. Allow the foam from the drain to settle before pouring the boiling water down the drain.
If this doesn't work, try a plunger afterwards. Another great tip is if you wish, you may take the oily side of a citrus peel (orange, lime, lemon, whatever) and scrub your sink clean with the remaining baking soda and vinegar before pouring the water down the drain. The mix of the citrus oil and baking soda leaves the sink sparkling!
This works when your drain is clogged, but does not have water in the basin. A good plunger will help get rid of the water if necessary, and then you should use this wonderfully easy home cleaning solution to finish de-clogging! This is done by a chemical reaction, which produces heat and expands, so you should always wear safety goggles (remember those volcanoes you made for science class when you were young?)!'

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Hallelujah!  I am SO doing this when I get home.  Thankyouthankyouthankyou.


This got rid of the smells from my kitchen sink!
I always line my shower grout with baking soda too and then once it soaked up all the yuckies, I pour on vinegar and leave overnight, same basic idea.
Made my grout white again :D


I just did this in the shower, after cleaning out the hair, and it seemed to work ok. I think most of our clogging comes from hair, anyway (even though we have a guard thing!). I'll be glad to have a faster drain. BS and vinegar always work wonders.


I use this every month in all my sinks, tubs and showers.Shampoo, conditioners and  soaps in tubs and showers build up residue and this cleans it out nicely and also keeps them fresher smelling. We have PVC pipes, I use real hot but not boiling water and it works great!  ;)b


I do this regularly. The nice thing is that it is not toxic like other drain de-cloggers are. It also removes odor coming from kitchen sinks, which is definitely a plus.
I have heard that doing this a lot can be harsh on PVC pipes (because of the boiling water), so make sure to know your pipes!

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