Since both my bathtub and bathroom sink seem to get easily clogged, we have invested in many bottles of Draino (or similar products) over the years. I’ve seen posts all over the internet for homemade drain de-cloggers and never put a lot of faith in the idea. Usually we go through two or three bottles of the heavy duty stuff to clear our pipes!
I decided to bite the bullet last week and give the homemade version a try when my bathtub started to back up….heck, it’s only baking soda and vinegar, I’d waste about 25 cents if it didn’t work.
There are a ton of different versions out there, but the basic similarity seemed to be about 2 parts baking soda to one part vinegar (an approximate starting point would be one cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar). Pour the baking soda down the drain, then pour in the vinegar (fizzy!), let it sit for about 30 minutes, then run hot water through for about 2-3 minutes.
I did it twice for good measure (again, expecting it not to work great). Amazingly enough – the clog was completely cleared!
I would not recommend this for a serious clog (i.e. if there is standing water that won’t go down, there is no way to get the baking soda down into the drain!), but if you have a pipe that seems to be draining slowly, it’s absolutely worth a shot. Much cheaper than the commercial stuff, and of course less toxic.