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Forget about the plumber: how to clean the drain in the sink and bath with home remedies

Alina MilsentLife
How to clean the drain effectively and quickly

A drain in a washbasin, bathroom, or kitchen sink can get clogged at the most inconvenient time. It's usually caused by a blockage: hair, toothpaste residue, grease, and dirt clog the drain and cause a lot of problems.

Don't rush to call a plumber - you can clean the drain yourself with a few available ingredients. Apartment Therapy magazine has explained how to clean the drain in the sink and bathroom with home remedies.

Tanya Klien, CEO of Anta Plumbing in Toronto, Canada, spoke about very effective life hacks.

Required ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda;
  • 1/2 cup of salt;
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar;
  • hot water.

Method 1

Pour a little baking soda into the drain, add salt and vinegar. Next, wait 15 minutes and then pour hot water over it all.

Method 2

In general, you should not use a solution of baking soda and vinegar as a cleaning agent, as they neutralize each other. However, there is one exception: when baking soda and vinegar are combined, an instant chemical reaction occurs that creates "bubbles" that can physically destroy obstacles.

Pour baking soda down the drain and then pour vinegar over it. Leave this solution on for an hour, then rinse with hot water. This is the most effective method to get rid of tangled hair in the drain.

Method 3

Use baking soda, salt, and boiling water. This life hack works like the first method, but without vinegar. You need to pour baking soda and salt into the drain, wait 10-15 minutes, and pour boiling water over it.

The mixture of ingredients "creates a strong chemical reaction that unblocks most clogs in the kitchen or bathroom," the expert said.

How to prevent sewer blockages

You can prevent clogs in your kitchen sink almost every time you wash dishes. Just use a dishwashing detergent that is anti-grease and turn on warm water instead of cold water - also to save money. Klien says that this will naturally keep the clogs at bay.

However, you need to be careful with the use of baking soda and vinegar.

"Excessive use will cause a chemical reaction that will damage metal pipes," she warned.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA told whether it is possible to regularly clean a clogged sink drain with boiling water.

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