How to Make Natural Homemade Drain Cleaner

homemade drain cleaner

Clogged drains are the worst, but they’re an unfortunate reality we all have to deal with from time to time. The build-up of hair (both human and pet) combined with soap scum and dead skin cells eventually leads to clogged drains in your bathroom or kitchen sink. Before reaching for the dreaded Drano, consider creating your very own homemade drain cleaner. You can use natural ingredients that contain powerful de-clogging capabilities, and it’ll save you some cash, too. Check out our go-to recipe and instructions for making and using homemade drain cleaner. No toxic chemicals required.

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Homemade Drain Cleaner


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 pot boiling water
  1. Be sure the sink or shower is free of standing water. It may take a while for drains that are ultra-clogged, so be patient. Remove any standing water if it does not drain.

  2. Next, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to loosen up and remove some of the gunk. Again, let the water drain completely before moving forward.

  3. Slowly pour the cup of baking soda down the drain. This can get a little tricky, so use a spoon or funnel if necessary. Do it little by little, and be sure to pour the full cup down the drain.

  4. Now pour the white vinegar or lemon juice down the drain over top of the baking soda. This will create a fizzy reaction.

  5. Cover the drain with a stopper or a towel. Let sit for 30 minutes.

  6. Remove the cover. Turn the faucet to it’s hottest setting, and allow scolding water to run through the drain.

  7. That’s it! If the drain isn’t totally unclogged yet, try the process again.


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