DIY Drain Un-Clogging Science Experiment


I wish I would never lose another strand of hair again. Yes, I want my hair to be as thick and gorgeous as possible forever and ever, but more importantly, I can’t stand clogged shower drains! To me, a hair-clogged drain that fills the bathtub as I shower is one of the most frustrating household troubles – and not so easy to fix. You can only do so much with a snake tool or wire hanger, and as an eco savvy woman, I don’t use chemical un-cloggers. Luckily, there’s a DIY, green solution for unclogging drains that’s extremely easy.

While going into your drain with a wire hanger is far from fun, this alternate four-step DIY approach will make you feel more like you’re attacking your drain 6th grade science experiment style – and we promise it’ll be an easy “A”.

1. Baking Soda. Dump about 3/4 of a cup of baking soda down the drain.

2. Vinegar. Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar, which has proved to be an eco-friendly a household savior, down the drain following the baking soda. Bill Nye would be proud. Now the two ingredients will start to react creating a mini volcano. Sadly, you can’t watch the magic. Before it starts going out of control you want to plug the drain with a rag or plug so nothing can come out of the drain. You want the volcanic action to clean your pipes, not your tub.

3. Wait. Let the mixture go wild for about 20 minutes.

4. Hot water. Put a tea kettle on to boil, still leaving the drain untouched. Once the tea kettle is ready, remove the plug and pour the boiling water down the drain. Now your drain should be fixed, however some tough clogs may require a second round.

Fun and not as stinky as pulling the hair out, right?

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