Baking soda, scientifically known as sodium bicarbonate, has natural cleaning properties that can substitute most chemical cleaners. This white crystalline substance can either be solid or powered, is water soluble, and when combined with water churns up a mildly corrosive solution that is alkaline in nature.
Chemical cleaners contain sodium hydroxide, which makes the solution poisonous when swallowed, inhaled, or gets in contact with the skin. Drain cleaning with baking soda is a safer and more eco-friendly way to do kitchen and bathroom chores. This is one of the safest and risk-free DIY drain cleaning methods.
Ingredients for the drain cleaning solution:
Prepare ½ cup of baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, rag, and a pot of boiling water.
- Pour the baking soda down the drain as it is. Pour the vinegar down afterwards.
- Immediately plug the drain with the rag, and make sure that it occupies the whole space, as the two substances (one acid and the other one base) will cause a slight reaction in the form of foam. Leave it for 30 minutes.
- Boil water in a small kettle while waiting.
- Remove the cloth and slowly pour the boiling water down the drain. The baking soda and hot water will remove the organic material that clogs your drain.
In case the baking soda and vinegar solution doesn’t help, it could be time for you to call in a professional plumber for help.