Having trouble, clogged drain and no drain cleaner on hand? Don't worry - you can make your own cleaner using iodized salt and vinegar. Combining the abrasiveness of salt with the cleaning power of vinegar should remove tough blockages. You can also add boiling water to the mixture, which will push the mixture through the pipes.
Step 1. Put 1 cup of iodized salt in a small bowl and add ½ cup of vinegar
Mix gently. It is only necessary for the salt to absorb the vinegar. You should get a homogeneous paste with a thick consistency.
Step 2. Add ½ cup of lemon juice
Although this step is optional, citric acid will help to clean the drain better. Stir until all ingredients are completely mixed.
Step 3. Pour the mixture directly into the drain
It will be in the form of a liquid gruel that will cover the drain and soak the blockage.
Step 4. Let the mixture remain inside the drain for about 15 minutes
If the blockage is particularly severe, leave the mixture for a longer time (maybe 30 minutes).
Step 5. Heat / boil water
Boil 2 cups of water in a kettle or saucepan on the stovetop. Bring water to boiling water before use.
Step 6. Pour boiling water directly into the drain
Pour in slowly to avoid splashing water in the eyes or on the skin (scalding). Allow the water and mixture to bubble and work its way through the blockage.
- Repeat the steps if the blockage is not removed.
- These steps are safe for septic systems.
- If necessary, perform a wire cleaning procedure to remove tufts of hair and other dirt-collecting obstructions.
Things You’ll Need
- Iodized / table salt
- White (or apple cider) vinegar
- Lemon juice (optional)
- Boiling water
- Small container / bowl