Make Your Own Simple, Organic, DIY Drain Cleaner

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It’s inevitable: one day a kitchen or bathroom drain will become clogged, no matter how careful you are. Well, instead of hiring an expensive plumber or pouring a nasty chemical concoction down the drain, try this simple expedient instead. It won’t cost more than a couple of bucks.

Thoroughly mix a cup of baking soda with a cup of salt, and pour it down the drain; then follow the mixture with a cup of vinegar (we recommend the cheap white stuff). Let it sit for 15 minutes so the salt, baking soda, and vinegar can finish bubbling, then pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. This should dissolve the clog. If it doesn’t, try again. This may seem a lengthy process, but it really doesn’t take much longer than using the chemical stuff—and it’s a lot less dangerous.