Clogged drains? Whatever you do, don’t call a plumber without trying these frugal, green tips first.
Try these tips if your pipes are draining slowly.
Pour lots of boiling water down the drain, then repeat and repeat and repeat again. Clogs are often caused by grease and other fats sticking to the inside of the pipes and then food and other matter sticking to the grease. (I do hope you’re not in the middle of eating!) Boiling water can help to dissolve the grease and get things flowing again.
Pour about 1/2 a cup of baking soda down the drain and then add a cup of vinegar. Cover quickly with a drain plug so that the foaming action stays in the pipes. Let sit for an hour and then add a little more vinegar. Follow with a boiling water chaser.
If your pipes are completely clogged, you could get out your plumber’s snake. What? Don’t have one? Then use your toilet plunger in the same way that you would to unclog your toilet. The pressure often works to dislodge a blockage.
After you’ve tried working on the problem from above, you can try to solve it from within. This is the point at which I usually call my husband in however, so I’m not even going to try to give advice!
Any good tips on how to clear a drain both frugally and environmentally?