Drains clog for several reasons. There may be a build up of dirt, skin flakes, hair or soap scum that has essentially lodged itself unto a section of your inner drain. And while many people assume that the only solution to unclogging a drain is by utilizing hazardous chemicals, contrary to popular belief, you can clean your drain naturally by utilizing a variety of proven effective home remedies. Here are three different natural remedies for a clogged drain.
- Baking Soda And Vinegar Solution –One of the most effective things you can do to unclog a drain naturally is by creating a baking soda and vinegar solution. Pour a pot of boiling water into the affected drain. Once you have done that, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain. After that, pour one cup of vinegar as well. This is such an effective method, due to the fact that when vinegar (acetic acid) comes into contact with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), it creates carbonic acid. Carbonic acid is the compound that essentially breaks down, whatever may be clogging the drain.
- Metal Hanger –If you have a metal hanger lying around, this remedy may be an ideal solution. Take a metal hanger and unravel it from the base and bend it so that it becomes completely horizontal. Once you have done this, wrap a piece of cloth around one end of the hanger. Then, put the other end of the hanger into the drain and move your arms in a clockwise motion as if you were attempting to create a circle on the drain’s inner lining. By doing this, you may be able to dislodge whatever may be clogging your drain.
- Phosphoric Acid –One of the reasons why sodas such as Pepsi and Coca Cola, corrode the enamel of our teeth if we drink them too often, is due to the fact that they contain phosphoric acid. The pH level of phosphoric acid is close to the pH level as battery acid. As such, it’s essentially corrosive. While it may not be able to remove harder substances such as a toy for example, it can break down a clog that occurred due to a build up of food or hair.
While these home remedies may be able to alleviate a clogged drain, if you experience a clogged drain on a regular basis, it’s highly recommended that you contact a plumber to determine a more permanent fix.