How to Make (and Use) DIY Homemade Draino

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Are you desperately trying to fix your clogged drain? Well, you’re in luck — here’s a recipe for a sustainable, affordable, and easy to make DIY draino.

Once you try this homemade solution, you’ll never look back. Spare yourself the trip to the store and put an end to nasty traces of soap and toothpaste right now. Surely, you’d rather spend that time doing something more fun!

Why DIY Draino?

I used to live with an engineer who hated using store-bought drain cleaners. She was super passionate about it and passed on some of her wisdom to me.

Draino contains many hazardous chemicals, such as bleach and sodium hydroxide, which are dangerous for your skin. They kill even the beneficial bacteria in your pipes (yes, some of what’s down there is good at breaking down organic material).

Besides, they also cause damage to the entire sewage system! Basically, they’re a plumber’s worst nightmare.

My friend showed me a fantastic home hack for making my own inexpensive DIY draino. And the best part is that you only need some basic ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen. It’s simple, safe, and environmentally friendly!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1 cup of vinegar or lemon juice
  • Boiling water
  • Gloves (optional)

How to Make and Use Your Homemade Draino

Step 1

Before you begin, make sure there’s no water in the clogged sink or bathtub. Let it drain completely.

Step 2

Once the water is fully drained, arm yourself with gloves and pull out any hair stuck in the drain.

Step 3

Pour some boiling water down the drain to soften up the blockage. If you have plastic pipes, it’s safer to use very hot water instead. Let it drain completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 4

Pour the baking soda down the drain. You need to do this carefully and make sure all of it goes in. A funnel would come in handy here, but if you don’t have one, you can use a sheet of paper as a makeshift funnel.

Step 5

Now, do the same with the vinegar or lemon juice. Both of these can activate the baking soda since they’re acidic. You might be familiar with this reaction if you like baking.

Step 6

Once the baking soda is activated, it’ll start bubbling and rising. You need to cover the drain with the plug or a piece of cloth so that you can keep the soda in the pipe. Leave it like that for 30 minutes.

Step 7

Once the soda has worked its magic, you can unplug the drain and pour some more boiling water in it. This will flush the clog down and clear the pipes. Then, run the tap to check if the water is draining normally.

Step 8

If the blockage is persistent, repeat these steps. In case you’re still not getting the desired result, you might have to call a plumber to the rescue.

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