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Homemade Drain Cleaner

September 10, 2021

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Are you thinking about “How to clean kitchen sink drain?”, Are you looking for a non-toxic drain cleaner? Commercially available drain cleaners usually have a strong toxic chemical, Sodium hydroxide, which can be hazardous if accidentally inhaled. As a mom of three, I can never think of bringing such a thing into my home. Today I am sharing with you 3 simple ingredients homemade drain cleaner that is not only non-toxic, safe for kids but also keeps the plumber away. If you want to save money on getting a plumber…then this is the way to go.

I never buy any expensive store-bought drain cleaners because not only are they harsh and full of toxic chemicals, but when I asked a kind plumber, he told me that those harsh chemicals can actually burn through your pipes if you use them too much. And let’s be real, we all know how much that will be if you have to replace your pipes. So ever since then, I have started using this new method to clean my drains.

This is pretty helpful because not only does it keep the drains clean but it gets rid of any smells you might have in the drains. I use this homemade drain cleaner to clean my kitchen drains, bathroom sinks, toilets, and shower drains. This powerful and yet inexpensive way to clean your drains is so simple. The bonus is that this method is bio-friendly which means you are not damaging our environment! Anything natural is awesome in my book!

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First, pour the baking soda into the drain and vinegar after that. This combination will create a bubbling effect and it’ll unclog anything you have in the drain such as oil, food residue, hair products, etc. I usually let this sit for about 20 minutes and then I pour hot boiling water that aids in cleaning and disinfecting my drains. Keep in mind if you haven’t done this before, your drains might already be clogged with either hair, food, or something else, you might need to snake your drain or call a plumber.

How often should you clean your drains?

Keeping your drains clean is super important. I use this method monthly to clean my kitchen sink drain and bathroom drains. If you start seeing the water going down slower in your drains then you should definitely start using this method as soon as possible.

Will this eliminate the smell coming out of the drain?

Yes, yes yes!!! The reason your drains are producing this awful smell is because of the residue that’s rotting in the drains. By using this method, you can unclog and clean your drains and keep the smell away. If you are looking for an “odor in drains eliminator”, this is the right choice! Make sure to clean your drain with this homemade drain cleaner monthly to keep your drain clean and smell great!

How do you prevent your drain from clogging?

Never pour fats, oil into your kitchen drains. The oil and fat will solidify and clog up your drain. Always make sure to use a colander to catch cooked pasta and rice. When you pour these into the drain it’ll create a dough-like material and yes this will slowly clog up your drain.

So let’s unclog a drain with baking soda and vinegar!


Ok…in order to make this homemade drain cleaner, all you need are 3 simple ingredients you probably already have in your house.

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  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Boiling Hot Water


  1. Pour 1 cup baking soda into the drain
  2. Pour 1 cup white vinegar immediately after the baking soda (now use a plug or anything to cover the drain.
  3. Let it sit for 20 mins
  4. While you’re waiting, boil about 4 cups of water
  5. Pour this down the drain once the 20 mins are over
  6. Repeat this process if you still find a clog or smell.
  7. Use this method monthly to eliminate odor and keep the drains clean.


Baking soda and vinegar is literally the foundation of all my cleaning at home. Hope you will try this homemade drain cleaner soon. Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter as I’ll be sharing more tricks to using baking soda and vinegar in my future posts! Good luck everyone!





  1. Loretta says:

    Using a lesser amount of baking soda did not work. Going to try using 1 cup as you suggested. Gnats are taking over!

  1. Loretta says:

    Using a lesser amount of baking soda did not work. Going to try using 1 cup as you suggested. Gnats are taking over!

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