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Natural Ways to Clean a Drain at Home

Picture this: to start your day, you decide to take a shower. While you’re shampooing your hair under a stream of hot water from the showerhead, you move your feet and feel a pool of water. No, you’re not imagining things — your drain is in dire need of a cleaning.

If you’ve encountered a similar situation or are looking to give all drains in your home some TLC, here are some ways you can clean them with products around your humble abode!

Simple Ways to Make Drain Cleaner at Home

Lemon Juice Does Wonders!

You know how the old saying goes: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” However, in this case, if you do have lemons lying around your home, use them to make drain cleaner! To get the job done, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Freshly squeezed lemons (or a bottle of lemon juice).

  • Baking soda.

Once you’ve acquired these essential pieces for your “recipe,” it’s time to clean that stubborn drain! First, take about ½ cup of baking soda and carefully pour it down the drain. Next, feed your drain ½ cup of lemon juice — this will help activate the baking soda.

After that, you’ll want to let these ingredients get to work without any interruptions — so, it’s best to let them sit there for about 60 minutes. Finally, boil a fresh kettle of water on your stove to pour it down the drain. This will not only wash the lemon juice and baking soda away, but it shall remove any stubborn debris that may have clogged your drain in the first place.

A Dash of Salt Can Help!

If you’re out of lemons, don’t worry — you can always use salt as a substitute! Very similar to the method mentioned above, creating a drain “potion” of baking soda and salt can help get the job done just as well!

Of course, before you start sprinkling your salt shaker over a stubborn drain, you’ll want to do the following:

  • Take ½ cup of baking soda and mix it with ½ cup of salt.

  • Next, feed your drain this coarse solution and let it do it’s magic for about 25-30 minutes.

  • Finally, a few minutes before the time is up (just like before), have some hot water on standby and proceed to pour it down the drain to complete your drain cleaning mission!

Consider a Professional Drain Opening

While the two solutions above can help clean stubborn drains in your home in a flash, they’re more of a temporary fix — enter a professional drain opening service from our team! Our crew of drain opening service pros will be able to get to the root of the problem (with the help of drain camera technology) and can help fix that problematic drain in no time.

Call Our Knoxville Rooter Service Pros Today!

If you run into a problem with your home’s plumbing, heating, or cooling, and prefer to forgo the DIY route, our technicians are here to help! Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. or call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly.