Clogged drains don’t have to be a fact of life. There are lots of little natural tricks that can keep your drains flowing. I’ve even got some tips to unclog drains naturally–no chemicals required.
Drain strainers. Having long hair means my bathtub drain used to get clogged on a pretty regular basis, no matter how careful I was about brushing my hair before showering. That all changed when I got my drain strainer. It’s just a little sieve that sits over the drain and catches everything that could lead to a clog. You can also get them for the kitchen sink to prevent food from filling up the pipes.
Lemon slices. Slice up a lemon and grind it up in the disposal to kill smelly bacteria and dissolve nasty grime. Okay, so lemon slices don’t exactly unclog drains naturally, but the cleaner you keep your drain, the less vulnerable it is to clogs.
Baking soda and vinegar. This is a classic folk trick to unclog drains naturally. Pour about a half cup of baking soda into the drain. Follow it up with one cup of distilled white vinegar. Cover the drain hole with a stopper or a wash rag. You’re going to get some “volcano” action going on, and you want it to happen in the drain itself, not in the sink. Wait 30 minutes, then pour a generous pot of boiling water down.
When all else fails, break out the drain snake or wire hanger! A little elbow grease is a great way to unclog drains naturally, even if it’s not the most pleasant thing in the world.
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