There’s nothing grosser than a clogged kitchen sink. Who wants to stick their hand into a cold stew of old food, grease, and sharp cutlery? Not me. And if you’re at the store buying another bottle of toxic chemicals to funnel down the drain, you might be curious if there’s a better way to move things along — a strategy that doesn’t hurt the Earth or your pipes. We found one tried-and-true recipe for Drano® au natural you can try:
Step 1: Boil a kettle of water Once that puppy is whistling, pour your pot of boiling water down the drain. (If your home is archaic, try using very hot water to start, as boiling water can be hard on old pipes.)
Step 2: Grab the baking soda Put 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain and let it sit for a few minutes.
Step 3: Add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of very hot water Pour this liquid mixture on top of the baking soda that’s in the sink. This will loosen and flush away any grimy sludge.
Step 4: Cover the drain with a plug and let it sit for 10 minutes Don’t forget to set the timer!
Step 5. Boil one more kettle of water Pour this second pot of boiling water in the sink to rinse everything away.
And that’s it! Thanks to the folks at USA Today for doing the dirty work.
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