No one likes standing in a puddle at the bottom of their tub while taking a shower. Luckily, you don’t need to reach for harsh chemicals to dislodge built-up gunk — or brace your stomach for whatever you might find after reaching down the drain with a snake tool. You probably have everything you need to unclog your drain naturally in your home already.
Remember making mini-volcanoes in science class with baking soda and vinegar? Well, that’s essentially what you need to do for your drain, too. Folks have sworn by this DIY clog remover for years, but it’s been making the rounds on social media lately.
Most methods follow the same technique: Start by letting hot water run down the drain for a few minutes, then pack in about a cup of baking soda, pour a cup of white vinegar over that, and cover it with a washcloth or towel for at least 15 to 30 minutes to let it fizz away at all the ickiness. Once it’s had time to do its thing, you can uncover and run more hot water through what should now be a de-gunked drain.
Take a look below to see how it works:
Even the experts at Liquid Plumr suggest using this DIY method rather than their own product — unless it’s a heftier clog, in which case they do recommend bringing in their bigger clog-fighting guns (Buy at Walmart, $4.57).
They explain that it works so well on most clogs because baking soda is a base and vinegar is an acid. When combined, it causes that bubbling action which then effectively loosens up any debris.
Instead of using vinegar on its own, however, they recommend diluting it and using one cup of water and one cup of vinegar. Their website also says to use boiling water rather than just the hot water from your shower tap to rinse the drain. This extra heat adds a little more pressure to the area, which again helps remove more gunk.
Baking soda and vinegar should work on any drain in your house, not just the shower. Give it a try the next time you have an annoying clog messing with your home’s flow!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First For Women.