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Drain cleaning in easy steps

Baking soda or baking powder can be used to clear a blocked drain in no time at all in a quick, cheap and eco-friendly way.

Monique Misteli

Grease and leftover food in the kitchen, soap, toothpaste and hair in the bathroom: sometimes it doesn't take much to block a drain. That's really annoying. Luckily, multi-purpose household baking soda and baking powder provide a solution. They can be used to clear drains quickly and inexpensively without the use of chemicals.

What you need:

  • 4 tbsp baking soda or baking powder

  • ½ cup vinegar (table or cider vinegar)

What to do:

  1. Remove the drain strainer (if present) and pour four tablespoons of baking soda or baking powder down the drain.

  2. Now add half a cup of vinegar. The mixture will start foaming.

  3. As soon as the foaming stops, rinse with hot water to clear the drain.

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