Homemade Foaming Drain Cleaner

Between a long-haired Dachshund and my male pattern baldness, the drain in my shower has seen better days. But before heading out to reluctantly buy a bottle of horrible liquid drain opener, I did a little sleuthing for an effective, non-toxic alternative I could make myself.

Sure enough — success!

Try this:
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • Pan of boiling water

Dump your baking soda down the clogged drain, then slowly chase it with the vinegar. (If your drain is particularly troublesome, use a full cup of each.) The vinegar and baking soda will react like those model volcanoes from science class, so pour slowly but consistently.

After you’ve poured the last of your vinegar down the drain, let the froth sit and do its thing for about 5 minutes, then wash everything down with a medium-sized pan of boiling water from the stove.


While it’s not perfect, it works about as well as a Drano or a Liquid Plummr. (Which, let’s be honest, always wind up disappointing.) Plus, it’s dirt cheap, uses what you’ve already got lying around, and is totally non-toxic — so you can feel good about what you’re flushing out to sea.

Happy unclogging.


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