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Monday, August 13, 2012

unclogging your sink naturally

One thing that I really despise is a clogged sink.  And, it seems like it has been happening a lot more since we switched to bar soap.  Although, I wouldn't be surprised if the amount of hair I seem to shed has contributed to that problem.

Finding a way to fix it naturally has been on my to-do list for quite some time.  But, no matter how many times I combined baking soda and vinegar, it just did not want to unclog my sink.  So, I would inevitably have to resort to getting some type of drano, and hope and pray that the toxic fumes wouldn't make me or the kids sick.

Finally, I decided to try something new.  Instead of only using the baking soda and vinegar (which will work sometimes), I first put salt in the drain.  I have heard of people using salt as an abrasive for cleaning, but have not tried it as much as I probably should.  It worked, and I finally found a way to unclog my sink without fear of the fumes, and making sure all the windows are open in the bathroom.

Unclogging Your Sink Naturally

1/4 cup salt (I used table salt)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup white vinegar
tea kettle full of boiling water

First I took the salt and poured it carefully down the drain, then the baking soda, and then I added the white vinegar.  Watching the fizzing action always makes me feel like I am really getting something accomplished with cleaning!  I then let that sit for about 15 minutes.  Followed by a tea kettle full of boiling water down the drain.  At first I wasn't sure if it would work, but it did.  And I am extremely happy about it!  Granted, this method will not work for standing water clogs.  I haven't come up with something for that yet, but when I do, I will let you know.

Do you find that your sinks clog a lot due to bar soaps?  How do you unclog your drains?

I am linking up at the Barn Hop Rural Thursday and Your Green Resource

6 comments:

  1. This is a great idea - Drano smells so awful, you just know it's gotta be so toxic.

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  2. I use this too! Works great -- love these kinds of posts that give good tips like this. :)

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  3. Wonderful information ~ will try it ~ trying to be more 'chemical free' ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  4. I also find that the soap scum really builds up a lot faster in the tub from using bar soap and haven't found an easy way to remove it. I tried soaking paper towels in vinegar and applying for 30 minutes and that worked, but I had to do it multiple times so it was way more time-consuming that I was hoping. Any ideas?

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    1. I had tried scrubbing with a paste of lemon juice and baking soda, which kind of worked. But, I also recently tried using salt to scrub, and it worked pretty well. Took a little bit of work, and quite a bit of salt, but it was by far the best thing I have used that is natural.

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  5. Tried it, but I think my sink is too far gone. Next time I'll have to try it sooner or maybe it's something I should do every few weeks to prevent big nasty clogs.

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