safe-alternative-to-dranoSlow or clogged drain? Drano may seem like a good quick fix but it’s full of nasty chemicals like sodium hydroxide. Sodium hydroxide is a man-made chemical that can easily burn the skin and throat if contact is made. But is there a safe alternative to drano?

Here’s a simple home remedy that’s a safe alternative to drano and made from ingredients you likely have lying around the house:

Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain and follow it with a 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for 20 mins – 1/2 hour and then pour about 2 quarts of boiling water down.

Try this next time you find yourself dealing with an annoyingly slow- moving shower drain or kitchen sink. Have you tried this safe alternative to drano? (or have a different variation?)

Posted by Beth


Photo: Ben Franklin Plumbing

  • greengal3

    great tip – not only helps you go green, but can save money too!! do you have any other home remedies like this?

  • Beth

    Thanks greengal. Yes, we do have have some other home remedies you might find useful. Check out this article on greening your home for a green household cleaner “recipe.”

  • Maria

    Usually I used chemicals to unclog my shower drain, I did not know that there is a better way to do that. Thanks for sharing, Beth!

  • Shuami

    Maybe I’ve got a stubborn clogged kitchen sink drain. I’ve tried the concoction with double the dosage twice. Still no go. Heading to neighborhood hardware store now for the nasty corrosive Drano.

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