How to uncover a drain using natural products

A shower or drain of the covered sink can be extremely unpleasant for any owner or inhabitant of a home. Instead of calling the plumber for an expensive repair, unclogging the drain for yourself is not a terribly hard task, but it can often involve harsh chemicals like those found in liquid or chlorine. Fortunately, there is a simple way to loosen those clogged drains when using natural products that you can often have around your house.


  1. Remove the shower cap or sink, so the drain is completely open, and let some tap water run to confirm that there is an obstruction.
  2. Run water around the covered drain until the area is moist. Use a paper towel or a rag to wipe the surface or any external culprit from the clog, such as hair lumps. Dry the drain area completely.
  3. Measure 1/2 cup of sodium bicarbonate as the Arm & Hammer brand with your measuring cup of dry products. Scrape off any excess baking soda with a margarine knife, so the measure remains level in the bowl. Carefully pour all contents of the bowl directly into the covered drain. Gently tap the measuring cup to make sure all the dust comes out. Make sure that the dust goes directly down the drain and that there is little around the outside area.
  4. Measure 1 cup of white vinegar on your liquid-measuring cup. Carefully pour all of the vinegar directly onto the covered drain over the baking soda. Make sure you get all the vinegar. You will see a strong reaction of foam and bubbles from the vinegar banging against baking soda, similar to a homemade volcano model for the projects of the scientific fairs of your childhood.
  5. Allow the drain to sit with vinegar and baking soda for 15 minutes. The baking soda and vinegar will loosen the obstruction of the drain and begin to release the pipes.
  6. During the 15 minute wait, place a teapot or pot with 6 cups of water in the oven with the highest choice and let it boil. This should take about 5 minutes.
  7. After 15 minutes take the teapot or pot and pour the 6 cups of boiling water directly onto the drained drain of your shower or sink. This will wash the remains of vinegar, baking soda and obstruction of your pipes.
  8. Turn on your tap and let warm water run down the drain to make sure the cleaning has worked properly.
  9. If you still experience a water blockage, repeat from Step 1 through 8. Repeat as necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt this process if there is any chemical cleaner inside the drain.

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