DIY Unclog a Stubborn Drain Using 2 Simple Ingredients

DIY Unclog a Stubborn Drain


We recently had a horrible clog in our bath tub. We tried good ol’ Drano, but it simply wasn’t cutting it.

One night, my husband was about to give the kids a bath. I was in the other room getting the kids undressed when all of a sudden I heard him yell out.

Apparently our drain had gotten so bad that it was now turning on us. As soon as he turned on the water, junk started coming up the drain and into the bathtub!

I don’t even want to try and describe the gunk that was coming up, suffice to say we had a feeling it was time to call a plumber.

However, I’m frugal by nature and I honestly hate spending money on things that I think we can handle ourselves!

I googled a few things and came across a few forums that suggested I pour baking soda followed by boiling hot water down the drain.

I figured as a last resort it was worth a shot, so this is what I did to DIY Unclog our Stubborn Drain:

(This was all after we had used a straightened out wire hanger to get any hair or easy to grab gunk out)

First I poured a good amount of baking soda down the drain. Probably about 1/2 a cup!

I let it sit there in the drain and I went to the kitchen to boil a pot of water.

Next, I walked the pot VERY carefully (be sure to call out to anyone in your house to let them know you are walking around with boiling water. If your house is anything like mine, little feet can turn corners at any time!) to the bathroom and poured the boiling water down the drain.

It kind of fizzled a bit with the baking soda and I left the drain alone for about 20 minutes. Than I ran some regular tub water through it and was shocked how quickly it went down the drain!


I did see some other tips to incorporate vinegar as well, but I didn’t end up needing to do that. The baking soda + boiling hot water did the trick on our stubborn clogged drain!

Do you have any tips for DIY home repairs or cleaning?

Tell us what you think:

  1. Dawn M (Moms6Kids) says

    Heather…I buy bulk sized Arm and Hammer over at Sam’s club for under $5…I even use it in my baby’s laundry with vinegar (sensitive skin).

  2. Janelle says

    I think I’m gonna do this tomorrow on our bathroom sink. The kids can’t wash their hands in there right now cause it fills up so fast with the drain wide open. I don’t like them rinsing their hands and touching the back of their hands to the bubbles in the sink. Yuk.

  3. Christy Crider says

    I use method this twice a month. I use the vinegar.Not only does it unclog the drain but it makes it smell fresh as well.I also use this in the toilet as a freshener & cleaner. Glad you were able to get it done without spending money on a plumber :)

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