Vinegar is Magic…The Tale of the Eco-Friendly Drain Cleaner

Not only are there a plethora of types of vinegar (balsamic, apple cider, white wine, rice…to name a few), but also a plethora of uses!

Up until a few years ago I only used it in cooking, but I have found that vinegar has endless possibilities, especially when it comes to cleaning. I am one of those “weirdos” who loves to clean and I feel even better when I know I am using something that is  both environmentally and budget friendly.

A week or two ago I had a gross clogged drain (like really really gross) and did not want to use a bunch of harsh chemicals to dissolve whatever was blocking it. I googled “eco-friendly drain cleaner” and found a recipe (tweaked it a bit) and it worked perfectly. I was amazed, but I would not share it if it was not completely effective.

Ingredients:
– 1 cup baking soda
– 1 cup vinegar (I used distilled white)
– 1 pot of boiling water

Directions:
1. Carefully funnel as much baking soda into the drain as possible. Then pour the vinegar down the drain, wait one minute and then pour the pot of boiling water down the drain (be careful not the splash yourself with the hot water please!).
2. Wait 15 minutes and check to see if the drain has cleared. I used a plastic knife to carefully push as much of the “solution” down the drain as possible and that seemed to help. If it has not cleared completely, repeat the above steps. It should not take more than that unless you have a really stubborn blockage : /

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