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Recipes for DIY Drain Cleaner

The fun thing about making your own DIY drain cleaner is that there isn't just one recipe to make it happen. Here are FOUR simple homemade drain cleaner recipes to get started.


Plain Hot Water For Oily/ Greasy Clogs

  • Sometimes, all you need is some good old hot water. Let your sink run for a bit on the hottest water possible and see if that melts down whatever is causing the clog.
  • Note: Do NOT pour boiling water down the drain.  While it may liquify the grease, it also may damage the PVC or PEX tubing.  

Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

  • The combination of the baking soda and lemon juice causes a reaction that can help erode whatever is causing the drain blockage. Make this with a 1:1 ratio and pour it.
  • Wait an hour to let it work. 
  • Pour hot water (NOT boiling) and see if it frees up the clog. 

Baking Soda, Salt and Vinegar

  • Mix one cup of baking soda with ½ cup of salt and pour in the drain.
  • Add one cup of vinegar.  The vinegar and baking soda will react, fizz and help to dislodge or dissolve the clog.  
  • Finish with hot water to clean everything out.

Cream of Tartar and Vinegar

  • Pour ¼ cup of Cream of Tartar in the sink.
  • Pour ¼ cup of white vinegar to initiate the reaction.
  • After one hour, wash the drain with hot water.


What is Cream of Tartar? Cream of Tartar is a byproduct of winemaking.  While we use it mostly in the kitchen, it is a very effective cleaning agent as well.
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