Crockpot Ranch Chicken
Complete Steak Dinner in a Crockpot final
Loaded Chicken and Potatoes Casserole
Breakfast Casserole

How to clean your drain naturally

How to clean your drain naturally

I love this DIY – How to clean your drain naturally.  It is a great money saver and better for the environment too! Recently I shared with you how to remove hair build-up and residue naturally.  From that post we got a tip that I wanted to share with you all on how to clean your drain naturally.  This is something that I have used on my kitchen sinks before at school when I taught Foods class.

How to clean your drain naturally

  • Put 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then 2 cups white vinegar.
  • Cover drain with a plate to force foam down.
  • Wait 30 minutes, then rinse with hot water!

Wow! What an affordable solution to chemicals!  I cleaned my shower drain and it works great!  You can add 5 – 10 drops of lemon essential oil for disinfection and to help the drain smell better too!  Lemon juice will also work or lemon vinegar works great!

lemon vinegar

How to make lemon vinegar

Be sure to use HOT water after to rinse the solution through (I used boiling water) and then ran hot water for about 2 minutes.

Disclosure:  Always ask a plumber to be safe before testing this drain cleaner.  My plumber approved this for our pipes but it always better to be safe than sorry.

Disclosure: We are NOT providing medical advice. Always consult your physician for medical treatment.  The advice shared in this page has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help.

Be sure to check out these other Frugal posts:

Going Green Saves You Green
How to make your own laundry detergent
How to make your own dryer sheets
Reusing Fabric Softener Sheets
Orange Vinegar Cleaner
Grapefruit Vinegar Cleaner
Health Benefits of Essential Oils



  1. Danielle says

    Will this help with a stinky drain? Everytime I run water in our sink it makes the whole house smell like rotten eggs.

  2. Veronica says

    Try the hot water 1st too. I actually run near boiling water down (be careful as far as what the sink/tub is made of). I teach Family and Consumer Science and have 5 kitchens at school. Teenagers may or may not heed the warning about removing all food and grease before washing dishes. My solution is to do this twice a semester. It is an excellent activity not only because it is wise to keep your drains clear it also helps the smell. I place a lot of focus on safe cleaning – nothing except the hot water is a problem. It is safe for us and the environment. BTW be sure run LOTS of hot water behind – you don’t want the baking soda settling

    • says

      We rent a house so i don’t know what the sink & tub are made of, can’t get hold of landlords, we only know the house is between 50 & 60 years old, this would be awesome if it would work for us, thank you

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *