I’ve started thinking more about polluting less. Can you tell me what to use for an organic drain cleaner?
Terri Gaither, Maryland
Yes, I can tell you what to use for an organic drain cleaner. Instead of buying an expensive product at the store, you can use household items that are probably already in your pantry.
The first solution for clearing a clog in your drain is to pour boiling water into the sink. This works best if there’s no standing water. In fact, all of these recipes work better if there is no water blocking the drain.
The second recipe is a simple vinegar and baking soda drain cleaner. Pour 3/4 cup of baking soda down the drain. Then add a half a cup of vinegar. Immediately block the drain opening with a towel or plate. Wait half an hour, then rinse with hot water.
The third recipe needs a little preparation beforehand. If you’re able to remove the drain trap, clean it by hand. Once you replace it, you’re ready to blend the ingredients for the cleaner.
In a cup or bowl, combine a quarter cup each of salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add just enough water to make a thick soup. Pour that into the drain and wait for 20 minutes.
Now flush the drain with two cups of boiling water, but don’t run water from the faucet. Wait for another hour, then rinse with warm water.
If you’ve liked these ideas so far, take a look at this page for more tips on how to clean your drains naturally.
You’ll see how to make an organic enzyme cleaner and how to eliminate odors with lemon juice and baking soda.
In conclusion, although ammonia and borax aren’t organic ingredients, you can combine them with other components to clean your drains, too.