Overland Park Home Maintenance – Those Pesky Drains

I remember years ago when I had a clogged bathroom drain, I went to the store to find just the right fix. There were a lot of selections so I spent time reading the instructions and the claims of how long it would take to unclog my sink. I remember buying the large size in case the process didn’t work the first time. And it didn’t. After using the entire bottle, I still had to take the pipe apart of pull all the gunk out. I know how to do it but I have no desire to do it.

That was the last time I bought a packaged product for something I could do myself that was easier, cheaper and healthier. Not that I’ve gone “green” but I have changed the way I look at ingredients starting with the food I buy and eat and ending up with cleaning products that I know are probably  unhealthy at best.

There are a lot of household products that you probably have under your sink or in your pantry that can tackle a myriad of things you need to do around the house.

I just took my own advice and unclogged my bathroom sink. Hooray! It was easy and effective and worked immediately. While I was unclogging one, I did a little preventative maintenance on my other drains as well.

Here’s the recipe for unclogging a drain:

  • The water has to be out of the sink first so let it drain if it’s gotten that bad.
  • Take 1 cup of baking soda and force it down the drain the best you can
  • Add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar
  • It will foam up like a science project
  • Let it settle and cover it with a small bowl to keep it from coming up
  • Leave it alone for 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes, turn the hot water on and let it run for 2-3 minutes
  • Voila!
  • Repeat if necessary but you probably won’t have to

Here’s some drain maintenance you can perform monthly to prevent getting clogged drains in the first place:

  • Mix ¼ cup table salt with ½ cup baking soda and stuff it down the drain
  • Add 1 cup of heated white distilled vinegar and pour down the drain
  • Leave it alone for 15 minutes
  • Run hot water down the drain for 1-2 minutes

This will help keep your drains from clogging but will also help deodorize them. Simple, effective and not harmful to your pipes, yourself, children or pets. That’s a winning combination!

Find other helpful household tips on my Pinterest board here.

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