Is the drain clogged? That doesn’t matter, because with little effort you can get the water flowing freely again. You probably already have the home remedies for cleaning a drain at home. Here’s how it works.
Home remedies effectively clear clogged drains in washbasins and sinks, are easily biodegradable and, incidentally, are also easy on the wallet because they make the purchase of special products superfluous. An alternative is a suction cup, which basically only needs to be bought once in a lifetime and always provides good service.
Potato water for easily clogged drains
Potato water, i.e. the cooking liquid that occurs when potatoes are boiled, contains a lot of dissolved starch, which is one of the natural fat and dirt solvents and has therefore also proven itself as a household remedy against stains.
In the case of slight blockages or as a preventive measure, it is simply poured hot down the drain. Let it take effect for a short time and then rinse: It’s that easy to reduce everyday deposits in the drainpipes.
Important: While pipes that are laid indoors are generally resistant to high temperatures, this is not necessarily the case for pipes that are installed outdoors. They can be damaged by water that is too hot. Therefore, if in doubt, find out what type of pipe it is before using this method for outdoor drains.
Drain cleaning with soda and vinegar
As a particularly versatile household remedy, soda also promises a remedy for clogged drains. Along with vinegar, soda manages to break up even the more stubborn clogs. There is a separate post for step-by-step instructions for drain cleaning with soda and vinegar.
Tip: If you don’t have soda on hand, use baking soda or baking soda instead.
Clean the drain with baking soda and citric acid
With a combination of baking soda and crystalline citric acid, dirt and especially limescale deposits in the drain can also be removed in an environmentally friendly way.
Not including the exposure time, the amount of work is minimal: 5 minutes.
How to clean the drain with citric acid:
- Put home remedies down the drain
Pour 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon citric acid down the drain, followed by ½ cup water.
- Let absorb
Leave the mixture on for at least 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with clear water.
Tip: Instead of crystalline citric acid, you can also use the juice of a lemon or (excess) lemon juice concentrate and reduce the amount of water accordingly or omit the water completely. Countless other baking soda applications can be found in a separate post.
Clean clogged drain with bokashi juice
A Bokashi bucket is a kitchen composter for all organic waste. Effective microorganisms decompose the waste and thus produce valuable fertilizer for the garden.
This produces what is known as bokashi juice as a liquid by-product, which can also be used as fertilizer, but is also suitable as a natural pipe cleaner. Because the lactic acid bacteria contained in the sour bokashi juice (pH value around 4) counteract deposits and unpleasant odours.
To use bokashi juice as a drain cleaner, about 200ml of the liquid is poured undiluted down the drain. Leave on for at least 30 minutes and rinse with clear water – the natural pipe cleaning is done.
Tip: You can also build a Bokashi bucket yourself.
Drain cleaning with cola
It’s not worth buying extra cola to use as a drain cleaner. If some of the brown fizzy drink is left over at a party, there are several possible uses for cola in the household.
Because it contains phosphoric acid, cola is suitable, among other things, as a household remedy to loosen hair and other dirt in the drain. For this purpose, a cup of cola is simply poured down the spout. For a particularly effective cleaning of the pipes, it is best to let it work for several hours (or simply overnight) and then rinse thoroughly with tap water. Repeat the application once or twice if necessary.
Mechanically clean the clogged drain with the suction cup
Purchased once, can be used for years: The suction cup, also known colloquially as a “plunger”, helps to loosen the stuck blockages in the drain by means of negative pressure so that they can then be flushed away. The plunger works just as well on sink drains as it does in the shower or clogged toilet. The application is simple:
- Position the plunger over the drain so that its edges are level with the surface.
- Press the center of the bell down firmly with the wooden handle. Ideally, the air is pressed out from under the rubber edges and a vacuum is created.
- Now use the wooden handle to pull the bell up with a swing (but not too suddenly, so that the sink stays intact). The vacuum pulls the blockages with it, causing them to loosen.
- Allow plenty of water to flow in to completely remove the residue.
Tip: Although there are very inexpensive plungers, the suction bell is often made of a material that is too soft or too thin, making it difficult to create the required vacuum. A sturdy version makes it easier to clean the drain and will last a lifetime if used properly.
In the case of stubbornly clogged drains: clean the siphon
If the drain has become clogged beyond repair, you can also clean the siphon to solve the problem particularly thoroughly. Apart from a bucket and possibly rubber gloves, you don’t need any other tools.
Prevent clogged drains
When the drain is free again, a few simple measures will help to avoid deposits and prevent new blockages:
- Do not throw solids such as food scraps and hair down the drain. It is better to catch it with a drain sieve and throw it in the residual waste.
- Do not pour cooking oil and frying fat down the drain, but also dispose of it in the waste.
- Run hot water through the plumbing for a few minutes once a week.
- As soon as the water begins to drain more slowly, use one of the home remedies described above.
You can also find more information, tips and recipes for the miracle cure baking soda and many other versatile and environmentally friendly home remedies in our books:
What tricks and home remedies do you use to clean clogged drains? We look forward to reports and tips in the comments!
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