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Natural Ways to Unclog a Drain



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Clogged drains can be a big pain, especially when products like Drano can be extremely expensive and don't always work like they should. Rather than spend lots of money on products that unclog drains, why not use simple household items that work just as well, if not better? Try these tricks to unclog any drain in your home.

Alka-Seltzer and White Vinegar: Drop 3 Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain and add one cup of white vinegar (try Heinz White Vinegar). Let sit for 15 minutes to allow the combined ingredients to fizz which will break up grease and allow the clog to wash down easier. Pour a small pan full of boiling water down the drain to flush the drain clean.

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and Morton Salt: Pour 1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and 1/2 cup Morton Salt down the clogged drain. Then pour 6 cups of boiling water over the mixture and let sit overnight. Flush the drain with water in the morning. The baking soda and salt act as abrasives to force the clog out and flushing with water will cleanse the drain thoroughly.

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid: Boil 3-4 tablespoons of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a pan full of water. Pour the heated mixture slowly down the clogged drain. Let sit for about 20-30 minutes and flush with hot tap water. The Dawn Dishwashing Liquid will break down the grease and the boiling water will force the clog free from the drain.

Efferdent: Drop 4-5 Efferdent tablets into the clogged drain. Fill with hot water. Let the mixture sit overnight. Rinse thoroughly in the morning with more hot water to free the clog. Efferdent tablets loosen grease and clean the drain much like it does the stains on dentures.

Coca-Cola: To clear clog drains and keep them clear, pour a bottle of Coca-Cola down the drain and let it sit over night. Rinse the drain well in the morning with hot water. The Coca-Cola will fizz and clean the drain, ridding it of any grease and debris.

Helpful Tips:

* Always exercise caution when mixing any household ingredients.

* Never pour anything into the drain if you have previously used chemicals such as Drano to clog the drain.

* Some drains are far worse than others to unclog and may require that you let household products sit longer than mentioned to unclog.

* If you find you have to use a store bought chemical to unclog the drain, always use gloves and a mask to protect yourself.

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