Before spending a bunch of money clearing clogged drains using some caustic cleaner, try the cheaper solution that you probably already have in your pantry.
The following vinegar and baking soda combination has been a tried-and-true method of clearing drains for many years.
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The items you will need for clearing clogged drains are as follows:
If there is standing water in your sink or tub you will need to get it out before you begin.
Use a cup to bail it out or some dirty towels to soak it up. Once you are down to the drain use a plastic hose to syphon the water remaining in the drain above the clog.
Never use vinegar and baking soda after using an industrial chemical or when it is still present in the drain.
If you haven't cleaned or maintained your drain in a long time it may be necessarily to repeat steps 2 - 4 until the drain runs freely.
Very stubborn clogs may even take two or three repeat treatments to get the clog cleared.
When you mix vinegar with baking soda hydrogen ions in the vinegar react with the sodium and bicarbonate ions in the baking soda forming carbonic acid.
The carbonic acid then reverts to water and carbon dioxide gas which bubbles through the clog breaking it up.
The boiling water then adds pressure to force the mass down and clear the drain.
Once your drain is cleared you can maintain it by pouring a cup of vinegar down the drain every 3 months.
You can also pour some baking soda down the drain periodically to eliminate odors. Try this when you expect to be gone for a few hours so it gets the chance to work on the problem.
Tip: Use the old baking soda that you have been keeping in your fridge whenever you are replacing it with fresh soda.
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Hippocrates himself was known to have used vinegar as an energizing tonic and healing elixir.
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