Keep Your Pipes Clean with Homemade Drain Cleaner


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Check out this simple and inexpensive homemade drain cleaner without a plumber.

Busy moms often find themselves doing all sorts of trades that they never even dreamed of. Yes, we can call the handyman, plumber, electrician or contractor every time something goes wrong…but if trying to keep our home running and safe while our budget is in good standing, it might actually be easier to get it done ourselves.

After almost two decades of practicing architecture, I gained lots of experience with hands-on problem-solving. But being a mom and a house owner constantly forces me to learn (and do) more.

As much as I try to keep my home clean and prevent unwanted objects to fall into toilets and sink drains, with kids things just happen. My kitchen sinks have really good drain catchers to help so it doesn’t clog up, but somehow it still does. And my bathroom sink? I have to admit that we-architects often opt for what suits our eye and ego rather than practicality. So when I designed my master bathroom, I chose was suited the eye. My “pretty” sinks have faucets installed on a side (not over the drain as most sinks have always been done), and as a result of that I can never get a strong water stream pouring down the drain, washing away what it should. One day I noticed that there is “stuff” attached to the pipes right underneath the drain cap, and being that this sink is so “well-designed”, in order to clean it I would have to open up the whole pipework and hope I can put it back together. I asked many of my handy friends if they have a suggestion or experience with this kind of scenario, and few of them recommended this good-old home cleaning remedy. The first time I used this remedy, I did have to repeat it twice, but it did the job in a short time and for about the cost of a buck. It’s very easy to include it in your regular cleaning or home maintenance, and if repeated regularly-about once a month- it should keep your drains clear, and the plumber away.

So what’s the secret? Nothing more than white distilled vinegar, baking soda and hot water. Can’t get more simple and natural than that!

Here is the simple recipe to get you started:


  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 3 cups hot water (not boiling)


  1. Pour 1 cup of hot water into the drain.
  2. Pour baking soda into and over the drain.
  3. Pour vinegar over the baking soda (it will immediately start bubbling and foaming) until it all goes done and cover the drain with a plug or a plate.
  4. Allow to sit and do its job for about 30 minutes.
  5. Then remove the cover and pour 2 cups of hot water into the drain or let hot water run from the faucet for about a minute.
  6. All done-enjoy the clean sink and pipes!

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For more tips on natural and chemical-free cleaning-check out 15 Items That Will Keep Your Home Clean and Green.

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Author:Katka Konecna-Rivera

Katka Konecna-Rivera, co-founder and host of Living Green with Baby, is an architect focused on sustainable design as well as a filmmaker, writer and personal wellness coach.

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