By Drain Doctor on 27/04/2016

You can’t get away from sustainability and being green in modern life. It’s not new though – does anyone remember Tom and Barbara in The Good Life? It’s not always easy to be green when it comes to cleaning your drains.

There are some ways to clean a blocked drain though, using two natural ingredients commonly found in kitchen cupboards in homes up and down the UK – baking soda and vinegar. So instead of reaching for the caustic drain cleaner why not keep your water clean and make your own?

You will need:

  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • 4 cups of boiling water
  • 1 cup of vinegar

Remove all the backed-up water from the sink or bath then pour the baking soda down the drain.

Pour half the boiling water down the drain. This should start to dissolve the material causing the blockage. Wait a few minutes for this work.

Pour in another cup of baking soda followed by the vinegar and then immediately put the plug in. You may hear a fizzing sound and see bubbles foaming up as the baking soda and vinegar react.

When the bubbles have subsided pour the remaining boiling water down the drain.

If the material remains in the drain you may need to use a plunger to remove it. The material will have been loosened and broken down by the home-made drain cleaner, making this process easier.

Repeat as necessary. This operation can be carried out on a monthly basis to help keep the drains clog-free.

The mixture works because baking soda combined with vinegar reacts to form carbon dioxide and sodium acetate which works to create scrubby bubbles on the drain’s insides. These are sent down into the drain, dissolving the gunk. Baking soda and vinegar are common, non-toxic ingredients posing no health dangers when used as discussed. They are natural ingredients preferable to the sodium hydroxide found in most drain cleaners.

If your blockage is more than this remedy will deal with and you #needaplumber call Drain Doctor on 0800 70 71 72.