4 DIY Remedies to Unclog Drains Without Chemicals

When faced with a clogged drain, it is a good idea to deal with it quickly to prevent further problems from popping up down the road. Before giving us a call at Dutton Plumbing, there are a few home DIY solutions that you can try in order to unclog your drain.

How to Unclog a Drain with Baking Soda and Vinegar

This chemical-free mixture helps to break up any hair, minerals, or other general gunk that has built up over time.

  • Once you have removed any surface residue, mix together 1/3 cup of vinegar with 1/3 cup of baking soda.
  • As the solution begins fizzing instantly, pour it quickly down your drain.
  • Once you have let the mixture sit overnight, flush the drain with hot water to remove it completely.

How to Unclog a Drain with Boiling Water

One of the easiest home DIY methods to unstop your drain is to pour an entire kettle full of boiling water down your clog. It is best to work in a few stages, giving the water a minute or so in between pours to allow time for it to work its magic.

How to Unclog a Toilet with Dish Detergent

If your toilet is acting up, another great home DIY solution is dish detergent. Dish soap is an excellent lubricant, and it can assist in breaking up some of the residues causing your clog.

  • While starting some boiling water on the stove, pour about ¼ cup of detergent directly into the toilet bowl.
  • Once it has had a moment to sit, pour the hot water into the bowl and use a plunger to work the solution further into the blockage.

How to Unclog a Shower Drain with a Shop-Vac

If you have a shop vac in your garage, it can become an excellent home remedy for unclogging sink and tub drains. Not only is it great for sucking up any standing liquid, but it can also be put directly over the drain to pull up hair and dirt without getting your hands dirty.

If your clog needs a little bit of professional help, be sure to contact one of our plumbing experts at Dutton Plumbing to get your fixtures in working order.