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6 Must-Haves That Can Help You Unclog Drains

Avoid major problems with these easy hacks

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Working on a few DIY solutions and tried-and-tested hacks can help us save on cash in more ways than one. Whether it’s a storage must-do or a quick fix, it sure does count when you have a few tricks under your sleeve. When dealing with clogged drains, it’s important to have a trusted plumber on speed dial. However, for instances when he’s not available, a few must-haves that you have around the home can help you solve the problem. Bookmark this page and take note of these tips:

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1. Dishwashing Liquid and Hot Water

We have to admit, there are days when we wash pots and pans; and let grease circle down the drain. Grease can cause clogged drains and may bring bigger problems when not solved as soon as possible. Squirt a good amount of liquid soap down the drain, then follow it up with boiling water. The soap will act as a lubricant to help loosen the greasy clog. You may also want to do this at least once a week to avoid clogs.

2. Baking Soda and Vinegar

A little chemistry can also help you keep your drains clean. Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, then follow it up with a half cup of vinegar. The chemical reaction can help loosen the clog and clean the drain due to the intense foaming. Not satisfied with the result? Rinse the drain with water then repeat the process.

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3. Baking Soda and Salt

You can also use salt instead of vinegar when working with baking soda. Mix half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of table salt. Pour this down your drain and leave it for 10 to 20 minutes before pouring boiling water.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide

To work with this solution, mix a cup of hydrogen peroxide with a tablespoon of baking soda. Pour the mixture down the drain and let it foam. This can help loosen and remove clogs, thereby clearing your drain.

4. Caustic Soda

When using caustic soda, also known as sodium hydroxide, make sure you wear eye protection and rubber gloves as it can cause chemical burns. Get started by adding three cups of caustic soda to a three-fourth gallon of cold water. Stir it using a wooden spoon until it begins to fizz and heat up. Pour the solution down the clogged drain and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes. Flush the drain with boiling water afterwards and repeat the process if necessary.

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5. Boiling Water

Never underestimate the power of boiling water. Prep some boiling water and pour it down the clogged drain. Do this regularly to avoid major problems in the future.

6. Metal Wire Hanger

Repurpose a regular wire coat hanger and use it to pull out the items causing the clog. Straighten it out and bend one end to create a hook. Push it past the drain cover and start fishing for culprits. When you think you have enough items, pour boiling water to clear the drain.

PHOTOS: My Sadie | Depot Kitchen

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