I received a request today for a recipe for homemade drain cleaner. Thanks Michelle for the question and post suggestion. If you are looking for a earth friendly recipe or have a question, please send me an email and I'll find you an answer. :)
If you are looking for earth friendly alternatives to using Drano and other caustic drainer cleaners.
Homemade Drain Cleaner
3/4-1 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Vinegar
1-Dump 3/4-1 cup of dry baking soda down the drain. Have a rag or plug ready to cover the drain before the next step. If the clog is in a double sink put a rag or plug in that drain so the solution doesn't come shooting out of that drain.
2-Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain. Immediately cover the drain with the rag or plug filling the hole completely so nothing can escape. You need to do this because vinegar and baking soda when mixed reacts like a volcano which will result in your drain cleaner not staying in the drain.
3-Let it sit for 30 minutes*. A few minutes before time is up boil a tea kettle full of water.
4-When the time is up you can remove the plug and slowly pour the hot water down the drain. Depending on how bad the clog is it may take a few kettles of hot water to clear the clog.
Your drain should now be running as good as new.
*If you have a really plugged up drain it may be necessary to let the vinegar/baking soda solution sit overnight in the drain.
A great way to prevent drains from becoming clogged is to perform monthly drain maintenance.
Monthly Drain Cleaner
1 part baking soda
1 part salt
1/4 part cream of tarter
Boil a full kettle of water. Put 1/4 to 1/2 cup of drain solution into the drain and then pour the entire kettle of boiling water down the drain. For a few minutes run the hot water tap then switch it to cool and run it for a few more minutes. If you do this monthly it will keep your drains clean and clear out any grease and buildup that is beginning to form.
Another tip....a second use for those baking soda boxes we all put in our fridge and freezer. Don't throw away those old boxes of soda after you replace them with a new box. I keep them under my sink and then use them to freshen up my garbage disposal. Empty the entire box of baking soda into your garbage disposal drain, run some cool water into the sink and then turn on your disposal. Works great to get rid of funky garbage disposal odors and thrifty way to get two uses out of your box of baking soda. Oh...and don't forget to recycle that baking soda box. :)