Homemade Drain Cleaner with Baking Soda Ideas

Your drains are clogged, the water is draining slowly from your sinks and you need to clean them out. You could use a commercial drain cleaner, but they contain harsh chemicals, that’s not the safest option for your family or the environment.

Before resorting to commercial drain decloggers why not try these easy-to-make homemade drain cleaners with baking soda instead!

This is a safe way to unclog your drains without using any harmful chemicals. It will also leave your home smelling fresh and clean!

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Use With a Drain Snake

Vastar 3 Pack 19.6 Inch Drain Snake Hair Drain Clog Remover Cleaning Tool

I recommend using a drain snake because it is cheaper than calling a plumber. As most clogged drains in the home are caused by hair and debris building up in the pipe, a drain snake removes this easily. Use in conjunction with one of these baking soda recipes.

Just insert the snake into the drain and guide it until you feel resistance, use an up-down pulling motion to remove debris. It is important not to yank back and forth on the snake or damage to your pipes may occur.

How to Unclog a Drain with Baking Soda and White Vinegar

This is a quick and easy recipe to try before you either move onto stronger commercial sink unblockers or you call out the plumber.

  • Mix 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup table salt
  • 1 Cup White Vinegar
  • Boiling water

Before you start use the drain snake to see if you can clear the drain blockage. Then mix the baking soda and table salt together pour this dry mixture into the drain.

Then pour the vinegar after the dry mixture. This will produce a bubbling reaction so be prepared for that to happen!

Leave for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Then pour boiling water into the sink hopefully your drain will start to run normally again. If not try one more time before moving onto stronger chemicals or calling a plumber.

Homemade Drain Cleaner and Deodorizer

Use this recipe at least once a month to keep your drains running freely and smelling sweet.

I use lavender but feel free to choose your favorite essential oils. Lemon or orange is pleasant in a kitchen.

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Lavender essential oil a few drops
  • Boiling water

Add the essential oils to the drain followed by the baking soda. Allow this mixture to sit in the drain for up to 30 minutes. Then add plenty of boiling water,

Homemade Drain Cleaner with Vinegar and Baking Soda

I love using this drain cleaner and deodorizer it’s fun the way the mixture bubbles up, just like a school science project!

Use regularly to keep your drains running free and smelling great!

  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • kettle full of boiling hot water
  • a few drops of your favorite essential oil

Add the essential oils first followed by the baking soda. Add the white vinegar and once the bubbling has died down rinse with the boiling water. The result is a sweetly smelling drain once more.

Will Baking Soda Damage Drains?

Normal amounts of baking soda alone can’t harm or damage your drains in any way. However, baking soda when mixed with acids like vinegar it can produce spectacular and violent bubbling. However, this reaction won’t blow or damage the pipework provided the drainage system is not blocked at both ends. So just allow the bubbling to take place without plugging the sink.


Homemade drain cleaners are a cheap and eco-friendly way to save money, time, and the environment. Just using humble ingredients found already in your home, or affordable and readily available in stores.

These homemade drain cleaners will clean and fresh up the drains in your sinks, tubs, or showers in no time!

The best part is these recipes have no harmful ingredients in them at all! Why not give some of these DIY drain cleaner recipes a try today?

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