Last updated: 04.12.2023, 08:00 a.m.
By: Andrea Stettner
Home remedies replace almost any chemical cleaning agent – this also applies to clogged drains. Salt, for example, is said to work wonders when the water no longer drains away.
Almost everyone has had to deal with a clogged drain at some point. But just when you need it, there is no pipe cleaner or plunger at hand. However, if the water no longer drains, home remedies can also be a good and environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pipe cleaners. Such as salt and vinegar. The good thing about them is that they are cheap and everyone has the condiments in the kitchen.
How to clean a clogged drain with salt
If the drain is clogged, but there is no drain cleaner at hand – pour salt down the drain. © Panthermedia/Imago
Salt and vinegar are natural cleaners for clogged drains, whether in the bathroom or kitchen. While salt has a slightly abrasive effect, the acid contained in vinegar dissolves the blockage. Salt can also be used to clean other areas of the household wonderfully.
To remove debris from the drain with salt and vinegar, follow these simple steps:
This method can often work wonders and clear the drain again. However, it is important to note that stubborn blockages may require professional cleaning.
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Other home remedies to help with a clogged drain: baking soda, baking soda, washing soda, and citric acid
In addition to the salt-and-vinegar method, there are other home remedies that can be used to clean drains:
- Sodium bicarbonate: A mixture of baking soda and hot water can be effective against constipation. Add about half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by hot water. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
- Baking powder: Baking soda can also be used as a cleaning agent. Mix a cup of baking soda with a cup of vinegar and pour the mixture down the drain. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and then rinse with hot water.
- Washing soda: Washing soda is a powerful cleanser and can be helpful for stubborn blockages. Add half a cup of soda down the drain, followed by hot water. Leave it on for about an hour and then rinse thoroughly.
- Citric acid: The acid in citric acid can loosen blockages. Mix a cup of citric acid with hot water and pour the mixture down the drain. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and then rinse with hot water.
Using these home remedies for drain cleaning (also helps in the shower) is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to chemical cleaners. If you have a problem with black worms in the toilet, there are also some measures that will help.
This article was created with the help of machine support and carefully reviewed by editor Andrea Stettner before publication.