Declog Your Drain Naturally

Our tub and utility sink get a lot of heavy use with kids and projects. I was frustrated last week by how slow they were draining, but refused to turn to a toxic drain cleaner. We had spent the morning watching the salmon (mostly chum) returning to their place of birth at Chico Creek in Bremerton, WA. The salmon are such amazing creatures. They travel thousands of miles, without eating, just to return home and continue the cycle of life. I was struck by how close to urban life these fish find themselves, but they don’t give up; some have been observed flopping across roads in an effort to complete their journey. I certainly do not want to add Drano to the toxic runoff entering their streams and further hurt these awesome creatures. Crunchy Betty has a great method for declogging drains using vinegar and baking soda. It worked wonders! I did have to repeat the process for the tub drain.

What You Need:

  1. Boiling water
  2. Vinegar
  3. Baking Soda

What To Do:

  1. Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.
  2. Dump 1/2 cup baking soda into the drain. You may need to work it into the drain with a butter knife handle.
  3. GRADUALLY pour 1 cup vinegar/1 cup hot water down the drain. The mixture will fizz  up so you want to add the liquid gradually.
  4. Let sit 5-10 minutes.
  5. Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.
  6. Repeat 1-2 times as necessary.

Check out this post for a bonus activity kids can do while you have your naural cleaning supplies at the ready. Also, below are a few pictures of the tired salmon at the end of their journey. The salmon tour was a day after a big rain so the current was strong and the waters were murky; this resulted in not so great pictures. However, the photos do show the salmon searching for a safe gravel bed in which to spawn and hide their eggs.






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