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Natural ingredients for homemade drain cleaner: vinegar, baking soda, and a boiling pot of water

Homemade Natural Cleaners: Your Green Solution for Blocked Drains

Every homeowner has experienced it: the slow drain, the stubborn clog, the dreaded blockage. But did you know you can create a homemade drain cleaner that’s safe, cost-effective, and easy to use? 

Not only does this DIY solution save you money, but it also makes your home more environmentally friendly.

Gathering Your Natural Ingredients and Supplies

To create your natural drain cleaner, you’ll need a few simple items that are likely already in your pantry:

  • Baking Soda: This common household item is a natural cleaning agent that helps to break down and absorb grease and grime.
  • Vinegar: The acetic acid in white vinegar reacts with baking soda to create a powerful cleaning reaction.
  • Boiling Water: The heat helps to dissolve grease and flush away the loosened grime.

In addition to these ingredients, having the right tools on hand can make the process more efficient:

  • A sink plunger: For added force if necessary.
  • A bucket: To catch any overflow or debris.
  • Gloves: For safety and cleanliness.
  • Safety goggles: To protect your eyes from any possible splash back.

Step-by-Step Guide to Your DIY Drain Cleaner

Once you have your ingredients and supplies, it’s time to create and use your homemade drain cleaner:

  1. Protect yourself first. Put on your gloves and safety goggles.
  1. Remove as much standing water from the sink or tub as you can.
  1. Pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain.
  1. Follow it immediately with a half cup of vinegar.
  1. Let the magic happen. The baking soda and vinegar will foam up, breaking down the grime.
  1. Wait for about 15 to 20 minutes to let the solution do its work.
  1. While waiting, bring a pot of water to a boil.
  1. Rinse the drain with boiling water to wash away the residue.
  1. If the clog persists, use the plunger to apply pressure and dislodge it. Remember to cover the overflow drain in sinks and bathtubs for effective plunging.

The Advantages of a Homemade Drain Cleaner

Your DIY natural drain cleaner holds several benefits:

  • Environmentally Friendly: Unlike commercial drain cleaners that often contain harmful chemicals, your homemade solution is completely biodegradable and safe for the environment.
  • Safe for Your Pipes: Many commercial drain cleaners can corrode your pipes over time, especially if they’re older. Your homemade solution is gentler on your plumbing system.
  • Cost-Effective: You’ll likely save money by using common household ingredients.
  • Preventive Care: Using your homemade cleaner regularly can help prevent future clogs by regularly clearing away build up.

The Right Time to Use Your Natural Drain Cleaner

You can use your homemade drain cleaner for minor clogs and slow-draining pipes. It’s especially effective for dealing with hair in shower drains or minor food and grease buildup in kitchen sinks. Regular use also makes it a great preventive measure, helping to keep your pipes clear and free-running.

Recognizing the Need for a Professional Plumber

While your DIY cleaner can handle minor clogs, more severe problems warrant professional intervention. Call a plumber if:

  • You’ve tried the homemade solution and it hasn’t worked.
  • There’s a problem with the main sewer line.
  • You’re experiencing frequent clogs.
  • There’s a persistent foul odor coming from your drains.
  • You notice signs of a plumbing leak, like water damage, dampness, or a spike in your water bill.

Remember, a professional plumber has the tools and expertise to diagnose and fix serious or persistent problems that your homemade drain cleaner might not be able to handle.

The Versatility of Your DIY Cleaner

Your homemade drain cleaner can be used in any drain in your home, including sinks, showers, and bathtubs. 

However, it’s not suitable for toilet clogs due to the larger volume of water and different pipe structure.


Harness the power of a natural drain cleaner for an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective solution to your minor plumbing problems. Regular use can help keep your drains clear and extend the life of your plumbing. But remember, for serious or persistent issues, professional plumbing services are just a call away.

Your Plumbing Partner: True Service Plumbing

Serving Toronto and the surrounding GTA, True Service Plumbing is the preferred choice for comprehensive plumbing solutions. Trusted by both commercial and residential customers, we pride ourselves on providing reliable, efficient, and professional services for all your plumbing needs.

Whether it’s stubborn clogs, leaks, installation, or major repairs, our team of certified professionals is prepared to address your needs with minimal disruption to your daily routine. We understand the importance of prompt and effective solutions when it comes to maintaining your home’s comfort and functionality.

Embrace the peace of mind that comes with knowing your plumbing systems are in expert hands. Contact True Service Plumbing today. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we’re dedicated to ensuring your plumbing systems are nothing short of exceptional.

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