How to Unclog Drains with Home Remedies

By Alba Charles . Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Unclog Drains with Home Remedies

Drains that don't swallow water are a big nightmare at home. A slow drain not treated can turn into a much more serious problem and cause a disaster at home. For this reason, whenever you see your drain is slower than normal, you should immediately unclog it, to prevent having to call the plumber and have more problems. There are ready-made products that contain chemicals to unclog drains, but these are hard and can cause damage to the pipes. Instead of using chemicals, you can also unclog your drains with home products. If you want to keep your pipes clean and get rid of clogs, read this article and find out how to unclog drains with home remedies.

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Steps to follow:

For drains that aren't heavily clogged, pour boiling water and salt down the drain.


Baking soda is a great home product that has many uses at home, such as removing bad odours from clothes or deodorant stains, and it is also a great product to unclog drains:

Pour half cup of baking soda and half cup of vinegar down the drain. Leave the mixture to work for some minutes and then pour boiling water. If the drain is heavily clogged, leave the mixture for more time (even hours) and then pour the boiling water.

Be careful when you're pouring the baking soda and the vinegar because these two products create fumes and foam when they interact.

How to Unclog Drains with Home Remedies - Step 2

Another home remedy to unclog drains similar to the previous ones is adding salt to the mixture. Pour a cup of baking soda, a cup of table salt and then one cup of white vinegar. Wait for ten minutes and then flush it with boiling water.


Kitchen drains can usually be clogged from grease. If this is the case, pour half cup of salt and half cup of baking soda and then pour boiling water. Leave the mixture overnight and then flush with water in the morning.


Another home remedy that might be a bit nastier is to attach a strip of velcro to a narrow stick. Attach the spiky side of velcro to the stick and put it inside the drain. The velcro should catch all the hair and other things that are clogging the drain.


Water, salt, baking soda and vinegar are the four products more common to unclog the drains in your house. As these products can't cause any damage to your drains, we recommend you to use them once a week. This way you'll keep your drains clean and prevent any clogs.

If you want to cut down the chemicals in your kitchen and clean in a more eco-friendly way, you can also make your own washing up liquid.

How to Unclog Drains with Home Remedies - Step 6

If you use these remedies but the problem still persists, you might have a serious clog. The best you can do in these cases is call a plumber before the issue gets more difficult to solve.

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Brian Wade Guindon
What would a plumber do if baking soda, vinegar, salt and boiling water don't unclog a drain?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Brian,

A plumber is an experienced and knowledgeable tradesperson who will be best able to assess your drain problems and even replace parts, if necessary. So if you cannot unclog the drain with home remedies or even commercial products, then they would be your best bet.
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