Cheap, Organic Drain Cleaner

Clogged drains are a pain, and nobody really wants to use toxic drain cleaners that are powerful to strip the flesh from your fingers. Having tried an “environmentally friendly” drain cleaner that was $20 for a small container, I can attest to the fact that it didn’t work at all, and I was forced back to toxic crap.

Enter baking soda and vinegar.

An AMAZING drain cleaner. I was simply astounded at how well it works.

Our bathroom sink gets clogged periodically, and I put about 1/2 a cup of baking soda down the drain (where I could still see water), poured a small amount of water in to help the baking soda work its way down the drain, then started pouring in about 1/2 of a cup of vinegar.

Well, lo and behold, the drain is unclogged.

With baking soda and vinegar.

I figure I could probably get better results by quickly filling the sink with about 4 cm of water above the drain, then plugging the drain with a plunger. Or, if you live in North America where sink drains have plugs that snugly fit the drain, simply plug the drain. That would add pressure. But either way, I was pleased with the results.


ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda – 13.5 lb. bag – $17.62 (this is exactly what we use)

Bakers & Chefs Vinegar – 2×1 gallon jugs – $5.91 (this is just some cheap vinegar at a glance)

Actual usage was about 150 g of baking soda (about $0.43) and about 150 ml of vinegar ($0.12), or about $0.55.

You probably already have this in your house, so the next time your drain is clogged, give it a try. Not only is it cheap and effective, but it’s non-toxic.




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3 thoughts on “Cheap, Organic Drain Cleaner

  1. thanks, good tip.
    I’ve heard it recommended for all sorts of things. But I’d be careful what brand I use if taking it internally – “Kaiser Natron” in Germany is supposed to be good – *small amounts* (internally) are supposed to be good for alomost everything 😉
    Cleans your teeth, cleans your gut, makes your dinner 😉 etc., etc.

  2. as you’ve probably gathered from my post above – I havent used baking soda internally. I just read up about it a bit and would *not* really recommend it – sounds like it can be helpful, but depends very much on where your body is at right now.

    1. Baking soda for consumption can be very good. Check for information on baking soda as a cancer treatment. It has a lot of uses.

      It’s just freaky how many good uses there are for it.

      I tried some with water for a health issue, and it worked. I was rather surprised at just how effective it was.