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  2. Baking Soda and Vinegar always works, stoppage solved.

  3. Naomie Gregoire

    I am just trying the venegar and Baking soda I don’t know what I did wrong it’s not working for me. My tub still clog. Should I try again. Please help. Thanks

    • Amanda

      Your tub is most likely clogged by hair which will not be cleared out by this method or chemical drain cleaners. You can try to plunge it, that worked for my tub.

      • They sell a $2.00 tool at Lowes or Home Depot that is white plastic about 30″ long that is straight and has spurs on it. Push it down the tub drain and it will hook the hair and pull it out. Do it all the time at my rentals.

        • I’ve done the same thing with a coathanger with a hook on the end.. while it gets out all the hair it’s somewhat scary to see all that gunky, wet hair coming back up.. freaks me out every time.

          • j cambel

            BEWARE of the coat hanger!!!
            If you have old metal pipes the coat hanger well go right threw it and you will have a whole new problem on your hands….
            plastic is the future.

      • Miles

        Actually chemical drain cleaners are probably the most reliable tool to get rid of hair, but you have to get the right one which is usually the industrial type that need to be handled with safety goggles and gloves.

  4. I have to admit, I had my doubts since the drain was clogged a few feet past the trap, but it worked great. Something I will forever remember. Thanks.

  5. Margee

    I have a septic and my bathroom sink is clogged. I tried the baking soda and vinegar but it didn’t work…. I’m thinking it’s hair from guys shaving. What can I use that’s safe for septics?

    • Arlene

      There are drain cleaning brushes which are long and skinny and they bend fairly easily. Brushing out the drain will bring up hair. It will be rather unpleasant but rubber gloves will keep the sludge off your hands. Then the cleaning with the vinegar and baking soda routine should take care of what may be left.

  6. Jojo

    OMG thank you so much, I can’t believe how well this worked! Our bathroom sink drain was SO slow you’d have to wait minutes for the water to go down. Expensive drain cleaners barely helped and certainly didn’t fix it. I must admit I preceded your process with 1/2 bottle dollar-store drain cleaner I had lying around because I was afraid the vinegar / baking soda wouldn’t go down enough to work. I let that sit for 30 min, then followed your solution, using the sink’s own stopper to close it. After another 30 min and a pot of boiling water, voila, it drains instantly now. It hasn’t been this fast in years! Thanks again.

    • Doree

      I agree! This solution is the TRUTH! I had to bring my sister in to see how quickly the drain was working. I didn’t preceed it with anything, just removed the tangled hairs from the drain (yuck) and did your baking soda/vinegar magic. Wow. Made my day.

  7. Lisa

    Vinegar and baking soda is great for vomit. After cleaning up the area, I then sprinkle baking soda on the spot, and then spray it with white vinegar. After a few minutes, I dab the excess baking soda I can off the floor.

    Then, as an extra measure, I measure out oxyclean in super hot water and use a tough scrub brush to scrub the spot. I like to leave a little bit of baking soda on the area because I think it really does help.

    The spot comes out like magic! I did this yesterday on a few spots on white carpet that my puppy got sick on. Her vomit left deep orange and yellow spots that are now gone. It might leave a little baking soda residue but no big deal as it goes away after time, or shampooing.

  8. Candi Cole

    I think I love you. This worked perfectly! Except I had to break mine up into two batches. My drain in the shower is the screw one where it doesn’t detach, so I just used a spoon and shoved it on in there. But all didn’t fit at one time. Hence, the half and half method thing.

    • Melody

      I have this type of drain plug in my tub too, and they actually do detach. Get your face (eyes) down into the tub and turn the plug until you see a little screw. The screw holds the plug on a metal post with a groove in it. The screw sits in that groove and makes it so the plug turns but won’t come off. Just loosen it and remove the plug.

  9. crystal

    would this work for my drain in the basement? I’m thinking sediment from rain run off has been slowing it down and I’m tired of plunging occasionally when I already have to sweep water to the drain(old house).

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  14. Cassy

    Vinegar and baking soda also works great to clean stoves and grill grates. Just mix the two together in a small bowl, put the mixture of baking soda and vinegar on tough spots, and let the magic begin. Wipe with wet sponge. Some really tough spots have to be scrubbed at, but it’s a lot easier once the mixture sits there for a minute or two. I just moved into a 100 year old house and the stove (which is also very old) looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in years, but this worked wonders and it looks like a brand new stove!!

    • I love using baking soda with vinegar to clean my pots and pans. It’s that initial fizz that seems to do the trick. I also use it to clean the oven, stove grates, bath tub and you name it. Of course you can’t really use it on surfaces such as stainless steel fridge but it’s my favorite standby for many various cleaning jobs. Yeah they may in chemistry neutralize each other but as long as your not mixing the two together in a container for future use it should be ok. I love using BS/V on my Pyrex dishes to remove those pesky stains that get baked or cooked on. Works like a charm!! Chemistry or not I just go with what works!

  15. Dylan

    I’m glad to see this supplemental post, because I became suddenly and incurably indignant at the apparent slander you had perpetrated against this useful mixture. The cleaning power, if I may risk sounding like a comercial, in the mixture is not the resultant solution but the chemical reaction itself. It all happens in those few seconds of decomposition. Thanks!

  16. Cleaning counter tops? It depends on what you’re trying to do “clean” it or “sanitize” it.

    If you want it “clean” it I use Krud Kutter. This stuff is biodegradable, non toxic, and REALLY does the job. It can be used around food prep areas without any problems. Keep a spray bottle under sink and use as needed, when needed with abandon.

    If you want to “sanitize” it get out the vinegar! Nothing lives in vinegar. Nothing will live on your counters if you clean it with vinegar. I use undiluted white vinegar in a spray bottle that also lives under my sink with the Krud Kutter.

    By the way came to your site looking for the receipt to clean my drains, thanks.

  17. Marcia

    I accidentally got wax in my bathroom sink drain. What can I do to get it out? I tried the vinegar and baking soda, but it didn’t help.

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    How can I unclog candle wax from my sink’s drain?

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  21. Aramanth

    Wow. I forgot to pick up drain cleaner today when I was shopping so I Googled to see if there was anything I could do to free up my slow-running drain with what I had at home rather than head out again. Saw this site, tried your suggestion of baking soda and vinegar and – WOW. I was REALLY impressed with how fast and easy it worked. Now the drain is running freely again. Much easier (and cheaper) than harsh chemicals and better for the environment, all round a winning combination.

  22. Bill Goretsas

    What if the clog seems to be further down the pipe from the tub drain?

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  24. I'll do it myself!

    I tried the baking soda and vinegar, along with hot, hot water, but finally logged onto YouTube on how to take the drain plug out and clean the drain. It’s pretty gross, but what a great feeling, getting it done right! I once had a plumber tell me that he wouldn’t work on people’s’ plumbing, if they had just put drano down them. I’m not sure how to explain it, but it can combust in your face.

    I still like using baking soda and vinegar, but wonder if boiling water could crack pipes.

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    This article is poorly written. The way it’s written just makes it very hard to follow. It feels hard to just stumble on this article from a google search and extract the information I was looking for. It just has such a strange choice of wording….

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  28. inga

    Hi! There is a bad smell from the drain in the sink in my fleetwood camper, do you think that using baking soda and vinegar will solve that problem?
    Best whishes from Inga

  29. Ursula

    I use this combination and add a little bit of dish detergent and lemon or orange juice to clean doggy accidents on carpets. While doing that I also discovered that it took out some rust stains that were in the carpet from metal foot thingies that are added to chairs and some tables legs. When they rust they leave an ugly stain and I used to just put chairs and tables back in the same position so they were not visible. After I used my mix I was actually able to move my furniture around a bit. It also helps pick up the plush of the carpet a little but and does a great job on heavy traffic areas also.

  30. T

    Holy crap. I did not think this was going to work. I was just at target contemplating whether or not I should buy some Drano or whatever, but I decided to look up how to unclog a drain. All of these products cost close to nothing (or you already have them) when Drano is about $8. Somehow my roommates got toilet paper all up in the sink in the bathroom(plus hair, toothpaste, and all kinds of gunk) and the drain was not working at all. It’s actually never really worked perfectly, until now! I used 1/2 cup of vinegar and hot water instead of 1 of each. At first I thought it didn’t work until I plunged the sink and it all went right through the drain. Yay!

  31. phill

    My bath tub drain blocked I think with hairs I put the drano alrday 3 time but dint work wht I can do more to clean…Thanx

  32. John

    This worked well at cleaning out my drain. However it also melted or dissolved the adhesive that that held the metal ring around the drain stopper to the sink. I hope it didn’t also melt any of the adhesive or rubber rings inside the pipes.

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  36. karlene

    i just tried to unclog my drain using draino max. the water goes down now but by the gurgling sound i can tell there is still something in there. Will it hurt if i use the baking soda & vinegar method now or will there be a bad reaction from any draino still in pipes.

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  48. I live in an apartment. My tub is clogged. So I’m going to try the BakingSoda and Vinegar. I hope this works for my tub.

  49. For clogs that won’t clear with this method, consider DRAIN-FX. Full disclosure, I work with the company, and I’m trying to drum up awareness for our product. We developed this product so that people don’t ever have to buy chemical drain cleaners again.

    DRAIN-FX is in essence a portable pressure washer that hooks up to your tap and breaks up the clog using simple tap water and clever engineering. No chemicals whatsoever. We also donate 5% of our profit to WaterCan to fund clean water project in Africa. Google us ;-)

  50. RurouniKou

    Jarrod, Because I get tired of the “Chemicals are bad and scary!” arguments, I just want to point out that vinegar (in the above article) is a chemical (Acetic Acid- CH3COOH aka Vinegar), so is lemon juice, so is, well everything! Which means your lying, your pressure washer does use chemicals- Water. Water is a chemical- H20. You also used chemicals to make your product since plastic is made of different chemicals. Chemicals aren’t exotic and evil chemistry lab substances- they’re everything! So please cease the “Chemicals are bad!” scare tactic. Be knowledgeable which ones are undesirable to use and damaging, by all means, but quit with the scare tactics. It gets old and makes the person using that argument look foolish and uneducated, which is especially bad when you’re trying to plug your product.

  51. If this is the one that uses a garden hose and pressurizes the drain, I love it. My partners worked on a clogged drain that was 6 foot under a crawlspace and couldn’t open it. Hooked up one of those balloon like devices (which is what yours might be) to a hose and turned the water on. In 45 seconds it blew open the line and I was a hero.

  52. RurouiKou, you are quite astute; water is in fact, by definition, a chemical. Moreover, you are right in your assertion that both acetic acid (vinegar) and citric acid (lemon juice) are also chemicals, and of limited toxicological harm. Unfortunately, the vast majority of – and I use this term colloquially – “chemical drain cleaners” utilize chemicals with significantly more harmful toxicological properties than the chemicals referenced in your comment.

    Our business endeavor is provide an alternative to products like Drano, Liquid Plumr, etc, that make use of lye, sulfuric acid, or other hazardous heavy metals. We would certainly never discourage anyone from trying a non-harmful chemical like water, vinegar, or lemon juice on their clogged drain. Unfortunately, in many cases, even toxic chemicals don’t work very well.

    I appreciate your constructive criticism regarding my level of education; I will endeavor to continuously improve both my sales methodology and marketing approach, and I thank you for taking the time to read my previous comment.

  53. Gyen

    You are awesome Jarrod.

  54. Melody

    Hahaha Jarrod that’s great!


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