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Keep the plumber away- Natural Homemade Drain Cleaner


Did you know that some Feng Shui masters say that clogged drains deplete finances, health, aspirations, travel, clog sinuses, and simply, wreak havoc in general.  I don’t know about you……..but a clogged drain can be rather pesky and annoying, not to mention, rather costly if you have to call in a plumber.


So to keep my life running smoothly, both literally and metaphorically, I look in my kitchen pantry for all the ingredients I need to unclog my pipes and I can do it without causing damage to the environment or my pocket book!

Best Drain Cleaner

Unclog a drain with Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Pour 3/4-1 cup of baking soda in the drain.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar in the drain and immediately cover the drain (I use a plug or set a plate over it – you want to keep everything inside the drain)
  3. Leave everything to sit and work for about 30 mins (don’t use the sink during this time)
  4. After 30 mins, remove the cover and let hot water run thru the pipes for about 2-3 mins.
  5. for really tough clogs you may need to repeat – but I find if I do this on a regular basis (about once a month) it keeps my drains clear and fresh with out any problems.

Likewise, I do something very similar to keep drains fresh.  Especially good for seldom used drains.

Freshen Drains with Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt and pour down drain
  2. Follow by pouring 1 cup of heated vinegar down the drain (it will foam and bubble)
  3. Let it sit for 15 minutes
  4. After 15 minutes run hot tap water for 30-60 seconds.

Baking soda and vinegar are the foundation of DIY cleaning!  It’s really that simple.  For just pennies you can keep your drains and home fume free by using baking soda and vinegar instead of harsh chemicals or calling the plumber.

This is just one of many ways to save money by using baking soda around your house.  To save even more,  head over to Arm & Hammer’s Savings Center to print out a $0.50 off coupon on your next purchase of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda!

I’m participating in The Switch & Save Challenge, trying a variety of Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you!


Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is compensating me to try different products. Save 50¢ off two 2lb or 4lb boxes of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. And be sure to visit The Switch & Save Challenge to tap into more resources and enter to win $25,000.

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  1. 86

    After trying several store bought gels and liquids recommended by the “experts” the vinegar and baking powder solved my master shower problem. I can finally use the master bathtub again.Everything I needed was already in my pantry. THANK YOU,THANK YOU………!

  2. 87
    Cindy L. Fine says:

    How c does this affect my septic system m

  3. 88

    I had a slow running drain for months tried many things and nothing worked until I tried the vinegar and baking soda. I really thank you! p.s. it was cheap!

  4. 89
    Jennifer Stewart says:

    Could you send me a copy of this page. My parents could use it so I would like to make a copy of this page for them.
    I couldn’t see on this page where I could Email it to myself.

  5. 90

    Do you have anything to keep spa bath pipes clean ?

  6. 91

    Yes! This is exactly what I need. I just bought my first home and want to be ahead of the game in taking care of all of my pipes. This is great! I’m going to add it to my monthly routine for the home. :D

    Love + Live Luminous

  7. 92

    I have been looking for something to clean my drains for a while now. I purchased items from the store and they did not work as well as I would have liked. I have only tried this method once and can see a great improvement! Thank you for posting…

  8. 93

    How do you pour a powder down the drain? Do you mix it with the vinegar first?

  9. 95
    Amanda Dulka says:


  10. 96
    Barbara Witt says:

    How do you clean a garbage disposal?

  11. 97

    Good question! Mine is starting to stink and since I have such a small house, I can’t escape it! Let me know what you find out Barb!


  12. 98

    place a lemon in the disposal. Chop it up but don’t rinse it away yet. Wait 15 minutes and then rinse with hot water. Clean and fresh!

  13. 99

    Ice cubes!! then you can cut up a lemon and run thru it as well

  14. 100

    Arm and Hammer says to use baking soda then hot water.

    Also I think you can use the baking soda that is done freshening your fridge for cleaning making it even cheaper. Do you know anything about that?

  15. 101

    yes!! I’ve heard that before as well. Can’t remember if I’ve tried it or not – but can’t hurt. If it doesn’t foam up, then you know it didn’t work


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