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  1. Deb Robson

    I have a slow leak in the pipes I want to unclog. Is it a good idea to use this mixture if I have a leak? I’m thinking I could possibly make my leak worse

  2. Judith

    This did NOT work on my drain even after following the directions twice…SIGH back to Mr Plumber

    • Eve Hardwick

      If liquid isn’t going down and just sits in the sink then the effect is somewhat ‘diluted’.

    • Christine

      We also use the plunger to help loosen what’s inside there.

    • Elizabeth

      I’m sure I’m a bit late but I thought I woudl share what worked for me. I had a bunch of gunky brownish water that wouldn’t drain and had just settled in the sink. I used a toilet plunger to loosen it (just until the water drained) and then followed the directions. I’m sure you’ve already found a solution…but maybe this will help next time?

      Cheers

  3. Thanks crunchypants! worked like a charm!

  4. With 25 years in the plumbing industry, the last thing you want to do is pour boiling water down any plastic drains. Considering code states water hotter then 140 degrees is not allowed down a drain and for good reason. Water over 140 degrees tends to soften plastic pipe and cause it to lose its shape. Which could cause piping to lose its pitch causing even bigger problems. Although baking soda and vinegar may provide temporary relief of a stoppage you simply delaying the need to mechanically clean the pipe. As a drain freshener it is OK. The best thing to do is fill sink up with hot tap water and let it drain periodically. This will use head pressure and hot water to help flush any lose debris.

  5. Patricia O'Reilly

    Never thought about bread sodda and vinegar combination before.

    Will definitely try – BUT what measurement is -c- ?

    Many thanks, Patricia

  6. Hello Exalted and All-Wise Maven of Clean :

    Huge thanks for your notes on cleaning My Beloved’s bathroom sink.
    And, since I am a brilliant, gifted writer also, I appreciated your style and humor. Oh, and I LOVE your disclaimer, Lady CB.

    Godspeed, and thanks again. Rock ON.

    With a smile,
    Jack Lyons, Himself
    actor / adventurer / inspiration to zillions the world over / husband of the year—ooops, DECADE, of course

  7. Suzanne Weinrich

    Re:Cleaners. Wondered what you thought of the hydrogen peroxide & baking soda combination cleaner. I’ve only just discovered it, and it’s incredible. Make a slurry/paste of these two items and let it sit (stirring occasionally) until it begins a calm foaming effect, then apply a coat to your filthy item. Let dry and brush/wash away the grime. And just one caution:don’t leave this on your ‘yellow’ toilet seat for too long because it will remove the paint! Finally I’ve found something that will clean the Damn toilet seat completely! (You don’t need to include this part: No, I did not know that you couldn’t just paint the ‘cleaned, but still yellow/dingy’ seat with white spray paint. The reason the paint bubbles up is because the toilet seat is actually powdered coated and then carnuba waxed. Nothing sticks to wax. How many times do you think I sanded off the bubbled paint and repainted before I figured out why my paint kept bubbling? DONT ASK, PLEASE! It’s tooo humiliating. So, you probably have to rewax that toilet seat every time you clean with this substance, but (on the old rental) I’d rather go thru this easy-clean method and then spend 5 minutes rewaxing to that ‘brilliant white shine you can see your face in’ sorta like the shine on your fancy car! (OK, stop giggling, I know what you’re thinking.) I’m sending this because I’m sure you have thousands who read your blog and I believe that EVERYONE should know about this clever cleaning trick. It cleans anything plastic perfectly like new. Try it on that dingy plastic silverware holder in your kitchen dishrack. The stainless steel barbecue (apparently never cleaned by former tenants or landlord) is now shiny bright and brand-new looking. I don’t even know what this combination makes ‘chemically’ or what else you shouldn’t use it on, but I’m willing to keep testing, or maybe I should ask the many chemists in my family what concoction is being created. Hmmm… I have enjoyed reading your blog with your easygoing, having coffee at the kitchen-table type conversation. Have fun trying this out! Can’t wait to hear what you think of this method. Enjoy the Brilliance!!!, Suzanne

    • JW

      You aren’t supposed to clean the bar-b-que that well. Just take tinfoil, crunch it up and rub across the grill part while it is hot. (Hold with tongs.) Why didn’t you just spend the ten dollars it takes to replace the toilet seat?

  8. Elaine

    This works but it messed up the sealer i had just put on the floor.make sure you get all the baking soda down the drain.

  9. I knew that baking soda was good for cleaning the kitchen with, but I didn’t know that I could use it to clean my drains. I was really happy to learn that this not only cleans the drains, but it unclogs them as well. I can’t wait to try this out now, thanks for this awesome idea! Clear drains are on the horizon.

  10. KS

    This worked great! I took the advice of the plumber below and just used hot tap water instead of boiling water. Thanks for the tip!

  11. I was surprised at how well this worked on my kitchen sink! Sure, I’ll try hot instead of boiling water next time … but hey plumbers, what’s up with your industry installing chintzy plastic pipes that can’t handle a pot of boiling pasta water?? Are you trying to guarantee yourselves a profitable return visit?

  12. I definitely liked this method more than using the stuff they sell at the supermarket. One change I made was to add 2 pots of boiling water at the start. May be my sink was stuffed than normal.

  13. Judy

    I just used hot tap water in my tub and it worked wonderfully! Tomorrow, I am going to do the disposal.

  14. clogged drain require immediate attention, Sometimes a clog can be cleared with a simple homemade remedy like above said. Take corrective action by calling professional.

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