Vinegar As a Drain Cleaner

White vinegar is a versatile, inexpensive, effective household cleaner that is also environmentally-friendly.

Fatty Acids

The vinegar-baking soda treatment will keep sinks draining smoothly.The vinegar-baking soda treatment will keep sinks draining smoothly.
It can serve as a grease-cutter, glass cleaner, disinfectant, and antibacterial agent. Combined with baking soda, another item you're likely to have in your pantry, it can take care of slow and even clogged drains.

Vinegar and baking soda mixed together break down fatty acids in a clog, allowing it to be flushed down the drain.

Method 1

Put about 3/4 cup baking soda down the drain. Pour in 1/2 cup of vinegar and then plug the drain to keep the reacting chemicals in the drain instead of letting them bubble up and out. Half an hour later, remove the plug and pour a tea kettle of hot water down the drain.

Method 2

Pack the drain with baking soda. Boil 2 cups of vinegar. Pour the vinegar down the drain slowly and carefully, keeping your face averted. The chemical reaction will start immediately and be quite forceful. Plug the drain and leave the vinegar and baking soda to work for a few minutes. Unplug and flush the drain with water.

Repeat

You can repeat either method if needed, or use them sequentially.

Tubs And Sinks

You can use this strategy to unplug clogged tubs or sinks. The process will not harm your garbage disposal.

About the Author

Tanya Lee is a professional writer with more than 30 years experience. She has published extensively in the field of education and as a journalist, the latter in such publications as "High Country News" and "News from Indian Country." Lee holds a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.