How to Easily Clean Drains without Chemicals

Pouring used cooking oil or grease down your sink drain can wind up solidifying and clogging the flow of water. Instead, store these in separate containers.
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One of the most annoying problems you can face in the home is a clogged drain in your bathroom or kitchen. It’s very common and in addition to producing unpleasant odors, it’s a pain to clean up. Today there are plenty of products available that help unclog drains quickly and effectively. But when it comes to caring for the planet, these products aren’t recommended because they’re filled with chemicals and other toxic substances that can affect not only the environment, but the health of the person using them as well.

If you already know that chemicals aren’t the best option to use for cleaning your drains, stop now and try more healthy and effective alternatives. In today’s article we’ll share some of the best tips and natural products you can use to unclog and clean drains in your home, anytime you need to.

White wine vinegar, baking soda, and salt to clean drains

2 apple cider vinegarKeeping your drains clean on a regular basis can prevent future blockages and damage. A great natural way to keep them clean and prevent smells is to mix a cup of baking soda with a cup of table salt, and a cup of white wine vinegar.

How should you do it?

First make sure the sink is drained of all water, and then you add your ingredients to the drain in the following order:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar, preferably hot
  • Let them sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with boiling water.



This is a perfect solution for removing the residues of fat and grease that accumulate in your drain.

Salt, vinegar, and borax to clean drains

This is another simple cleaner that guarantees your drains will be cleared of grease, food residues, and anything else that could clog them.

How should you do it?

Mix ¼ cup of salt with ½ cup of white vinegar and ¼ cup of borax. Then pour this mixture down your drain, followed by boiling water. You can even improve your results by boiling a pot of hot water with plenty of salt, and pouring this down the drain after the initial treatment.

Clean drains with baking soda, salt, and lemon juice

3 lemonThis natural preparation of baking soda, salt, and lemon juice makes cleaning your drains and stopping odors in their tracks a snap!

How should you do it?

Mix equal parts baking soda and salt. Pour them down your drain and add a lot of lemon juice. Follow this with a healthy amount of boiling water.

Salt to clean drains

A simple trick for keeping your drains clean is to mix salt and hot water.

How should you do it?

Heat up a cup of water and add three tablespoons of salt. Pour this mixture down the drain and let it sit overnight.

How can you keep your drains from clogging?

  • The best way to keep drains clear is to prevent any food residues, hair, and other substances from going down them in the first place. Use a drain catcher on all of your drains in the house. This will keep things from causing a blockage over time.
  • Never make the mistake of pouring used cooking oil or grease down the drain. Although they’re usually in liquid form when you’re washing the dishes, they solidify and block your drains and pipes. It’s always best to pour these residues into a jar or old can and let them solidify before throwing them away.
  • Regardless, it’s always a good idea to clean your drains on a regular basis with one of the above treatments to keep them running clear and prevent future clogs and unpleasant odors.