Clogged drains are everyone’s nightmare. Not only do they smell horrendous (with all the strange, stale smells), but they also cause extreme annoyance when they disrupt and delay your routine with all that murk. The blocked drain then requires an emergency plumber, who obviously charges way more than what is right. What then do you do in such a situation? Ask us! Yes, we are here to provide you simple DIY drain unclogging ideas, which are sure to give you instant results and are absolutely NON expensive!
1. Vinegar and Baking Soda
Take a measuring cup. Now, mix 1/3rd of vinegar and 1/3rd of baking soda in it. The mixture will immediately fizz, therefore, don’t waste any time and pour it down the drain, right away. The fizzing act will remove the grime, gunk and hair that have been building up in your pipe since long. Allow it to sit there for a few hours or overnight, if possible. Now, flush using hot water.
Alternatively, you can first pour the baking soda down the drain and then follow it up with vinegar.
2. Bent Wire Hanger
Pick your clothes hanger and straighten it to the best of your strength and ability. Now, curve one end and make a tiny nook of it. Push it against the cover of the drain and begin to fish through it. This will help you to get rid of all types of nasty stuff. One thing that you should keep in mind is that you have to ‘pull out’ the gunk and not push it any further. Try to get as much trash as you can, using the wire. Then, run hot water through it. This will effectively clear up your drain.
3. Caustic Soda
This method needs to be implemented with great caution. Caustic soda or sodium hydroxide is capable of causing terrible burns, so, while this method is very effective, it also requires great care. Firstly, equip yourself with a pair of rubber gloves and some eye protection. Take a mop bucket and fill it with cold water (3/4th of it will suffice). Now, add caustic soda (3 cups) and stir it well with a wooden spoon. The solution will start fizzing and will gradually heat up. Discharge the liquid into your clogged drain; leave it there for 30 minutes and use boiling water to wash out the drain. Repeat the process, if necessary.
4. Baking Soda and Salt
Take baking soda (1/2 cup) and mix it with table salt (1/2 cup again). Pour it down your blocked drain. Allow it to sit there for 10-20 minutes and follow it up by pouring boiling water down the drain. The three contents (baking soda, salt, boiling water) will generate a chemical response that will dissolve the nastiest of blockages.
5. Boiling Water
This is the easiest technique to unclog your drain. However, it is just as effective. Heat some water (in a kettle, on a stove, microwave, etc.) and boil it well. Pour it down the drain slowly, in about two or three stages, so that the hot water can work for quite a few seconds in the middle of each pour. This is probably one of the quickest and easiest ways to clean out a drain.