Hey, I unclogged my slow kitchen drain using

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  1. TeacherSandra

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    plain ol baking soda and vinegar! :D

    My kitchen drain was running rather slow; so I added a good amount of baking soda; let sit a minute and then added white vinegar. The sizzling made a nice sound and I added more vinegar. When that was all done; I ran water over it...I didn't even use hot water!
    It's good as new! :D
     
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  3. scienceteach82

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    lol...nice job ;)

    TG told me that trick when I had issues with my drain last summer...was great
     
  4. Ms. I

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    Yes, that's one of those home remedies. Glad it worked!
     
  5. MissJennifer

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    I use that all the time! I love it for my bathroom sink and shower too!
     
  6. AMK

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    I did that too in my drains last month. I also sprinkle baking soda on my stall shower floor and pour vinegar over it and it works great. I have hard water so I pour vinegar in the bottom of my dishwasher and run it.
     
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    I need to do that with my shower. I've done Drano but it still won't drain worth a flip. It takes FOREVER!!

    My husband bought a "snake" to clean out the drain but we haven't got around to it yet. I need some dang acid... LOL
     
  8. TeacherGroupie

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    Baking soda and vinegar works for certain clogs but not for all of them - if, for example, there's an eggshell stuck in the drain, chemicals aren't very helpful. At that point a snake may be the tool of choice. Be careful using it, though.

    A plumber I know has recommended slightly diluted Simple Green concentrate as a once-a-month preventive measure.
     
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    In case you ever drop something down the drain, there's also the panty hose trick.
     
  10. Upsadaisy

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    1 cup of bleach followed by lots of hot (boiling) water sometimes works. I like the baking soda method because it freshens. Good to put in then run your garbage disposal.
     
  11. lemonhead

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    I have a watch in the drain of one of my bathrooms. I need to try this but I don't know if it is still there. It's been a few years. I wonder if it would just sit in that curved part. I am sure the watch is no good but there could be gross hair and gunk sort of clogging that area. Okay, I grossed myself out.
     
  12. MS Candy

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    Great info, thanks, I need this for my shower/tub...
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    Plumbing can be kind of revolting, but removing the trap - the curved part under the sink - really isn't that hard: it just screws in place with two rings like the rings on canning jars. The important thing to remember is to have a basin underneath to catch whatever comes out of the trap.
     
  14. mrsleapfrog

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    Would that baking soda and vinegar mixture be good for a hair clogged drain?
     
  15. TeacherGroupie

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    Probably not: hair's kind of notorious. Your best bet is to remove the hair physically: it's revolting, but effective. Wal-Mart sells a funny little plastic tool with barbs that hook onto the hair clogs and pull them out.

    Best of all is prevention: use a strainer in the drain to keep the hair from going down in the first place.
     

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