The Kansas Residents’ Plumbing Guide – The Best Method to Naturally Unclog Your Drain

My first post will be featuring the best methods I’ve used for clearing my drains (really!) These may sound LAME (I know) but it’s worth sharing!


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Did you know that drain cleaners contain sodium hydroxide, also found in chlorine bleach?  Aside from its fumes causing nausea and burning your skin, these can also damage pipes due to their corrosive properties.  So, what is the most recommended method to unclog your drain naturally?

Many residents have sworn using household products – Yes, the trusty baking soda, vinegar plus hot water or borax /washing soda with sodium carbonate + water.  Each of these can be used to clear your clogs sans the use of chemicals!  But which one is the BEST? You be the judge!


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Candidate #1 – The Magical Baking Soda and Vinegar – Get half a cup of baking soda, one cup of vinegar and one gallon of hot water ready. Pour baking soda into your drainage.  Follow through with half the amount of vinegar, then cover.  After a few minutes, pour in the remaining vinegar that you have and allow the solution to site for about ten to fifteen minutes.  Finish it up by pouring in the gallon of hot water.

Candidate #2 – The Amazing Cream of Tartar Mix– This is an earth friendly method that involves using cream of tartar mixed with baking soda (again) and salt. The mixture is sprinkled down into the drain and washed by boiling water, left to sit for an hour. Voila!


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Candidate #3 – The Trusty Borax and Boil – Heat some water in a pot. Once ready, throw in some Borax down the drain, followed by the boiling water.  Allow to sit for an hour, then run it with cool water after.

Which one is the winner?

If nothing worked for you, then you may have a more serious problem.  Don’t wait (like I did) for problems to get worse. Call in a licensed Kansas City professional to help.

Are you having issues with your bathtub drain, too? Watch this video from This Old House to learn awesome tips!