× How to Unclog a Drain Frame 1: Remove and clean strainer or stopper. Frame 2: Pour a kettle full of boiling water down the drain. Frame 3: Dump 1 cup of baking soda into the drain. Frame 4: Add 2 cups of white vinegar to the baking soda in the drain. Cover the drain with a wet washcloth to contain the reaction. Frame 5: Let the mixture work in the drain for 20 minutes Frame 6: Flush the drain with another kettle of boiling water. Use a plunger if the water won't go down.

| March 26, 2016

Last updated: October 15, 2018

DIY Home Maintenance, Manly Skills, Visual Guides

How to Unclog a Drain

how to unclog a drain with boiling water baking soda vinegar

Hair, soap scum, and dirt make up a cocktail of gross sludge that has to make its way from your sinks, bathtubs, and showers to the outside world. Over time, that debris can start to build up, resulting in slow drains and stagnant pools of water. If you find that your drains are acting more like corks, use this DIY method to get things flowing again.

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Illustration by Ted Slampyak