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Homemade Drano (Super Easy and a Fraction of the Cost)

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This is an old-school trick that was taught to me by my mother-in-law.  I can't believe I used to spend $4-$5 on products like, Drano Foaming Pipe Snake. This SIMPLE technique takes only two ingredients.

 

 

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Here is all you need:

1/2 cup of baking soda

1 cup of vinegar

1 qt (or so) or boiling water

 

 

Step #1:  Pour the baking soda into the sink drain.  You want to try to get as much into the actual drain as possible.  The bathroom sink I have at home won't let me remove the plug completely so I do my best to pour the baking soda right over it.

 

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Step #2: Pour the Vinegar over the baking soda.  (It's pretty much the same mixture you use when making a volcano for a school science project). 

 

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Step #3:  If your drain does not have a stopper, you want to quickly use a washcloth to plug the drain, keeping the foaming action inside the pipe.  If your sink is like mine, you will want to give the mixture a good stir to dissolve all of the baking soda and make sure it all gets down the drain.

 

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Give it about 30 minutes or so to work on the clog.  Then pour the boiling water down the drain to flush it out.  The great thing is that the baking soda and the vinegar only cost around $3 together.  They also serve many other purposes and are items that most people always have on hand.  Try this out and you will NEVER buy Drano from the store again!

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This is a "chore" DS actually begs to have after seeing me do it one time. Anyone ever have to tell their son, "No, you don't have to clean the sinks today" rolleyes.gif

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Originally Posted by Karen1985 View Post

This is a "chore" DS actually begs to have after seeing me do it one time. Anyone ever have to tell their son, "No, you don't have to clean the sinks today" rolleyes.gif

LOL, we haven't gotten to them asking to do this particular chore but if I say I'm going to do it, they both come running!
post #4 of 19

Sounds like a "fun" way to clean!

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Sounds like a "fun" way to clean!



It totally is! It's like a science experiment in your drain. lol  I remember LOVING to watch the reaction between baking soda and vinegar as a kid. I didn't understand exactly what it was or why it was foaming up, just that it was cool!

 

post #6 of 19
My children love doing this.
post #7 of 19
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What's funny is that it doesn't matter if the kids are 2 years old or 12 years old, they all want to watch.  Then they all want you to do it again!  lol

post #8 of 19

This is great!  Definitely trying it soon!

post #9 of 19

I just used this in my shower (notorious for clogging) and it worked great! I'm glad to know this now as Drano is so expensive.

post #10 of 19

My SIL's dog was just in the ER for licking drano out of the drain. She poured it down her shower, forgot to shut the door, and little Chloe went in & lapped some of it up. She burned her mouth, half her tongue, and the vet doesn't know what sort of internal damage she might have. She spent several days at the ER - she is home now, but eating very little - still under observation.  I told them about this recipe to use in the future so it doesn't happen again. Thanks for posting it!

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