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We’re all for DIY when it comes to tackling minor drain clogs. There are a few safe-to-use drain cleaning solutions that you can make with the contents of your pantry, however, we never recommend using harmful chemicals to clear stubborn clogs. These solutions are safe to use and will clear the less serious issues.

Baking Soda & Vinegar 

The combination of the baking soda and vinegar does a great job of getting rid of bad smells and chemicals that have built up. 

Pour ½ a cup of baking soda down the drain, and then a ¼ cup of vinegar thereafter. Leave this for about an hour and fill a pot with water. Boil the water and then pour it down the drain to rinse out the mixture. You may need to do this more than once to remove stubborn clogs and odors.

Borax, Salt & Vinegar

Baking soda and Borax are different, although they have a similar effect on effectively cleaning your drains. 

Begin with ¼ cup of salt, then add a ¼ cup of Borax. Add a ½ cup of vinegar and then a pot of boiling water. After an hour, rinse the drain with hot water to remove the remains of the mixture down the drain.


BioClean® is an eco-friendly drain cleaner that Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric uses on a regular basis for a variety of drain cleaning solutions. 

BioClean® is a combination of enzymes and bacteria that when poured into a drain, effectively begins to eat away at the waste causing the clog. The product is natural, so it does not harm your drains but rather attacks and essentially digests the organic waste. This includes hair, food particles, grease, paper, cotton, and sewage.

The broken-down waste is reduced to water, carbon dioxide, and mineral ash. It is not harmful to people, the environment, or your plumbing system which makes this one of the most effective home drain cleaning solutions. It can be used in all areas of your home including kitchen sinks, bathroom drains, sewage systems, septic tanks (if you have one), and many other areas of your home.

Dish Washing Detergent & Boiling Water

If you’re struggling with grease clogs, this is a simple fix. 

Boil approximately eight cups of water and include a few tablespoons of dishwashing detergent. Once the mixture has boiled, pour it down the kitchen sink. You can repeat this process a few times until you feel that you’ve sufficiently broken down the grease in your pipes. The mixture will reduce the grease to a liquid which will wash away with a few pours.

Baking Soda, Salt & Cream Of Tartar

Combine ½ a cup of baking soda, ½ a cup of salt and 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar. Place this mixture in a sealable jar or container and give it a good shake. Pour half the jar in the drain. Then, pour a pot of boiling water into the drain and leave the contents to work its magic. After an hour, rinse the drain to remove any solution that hasn’t broken down.

Draining Cleaning In Boca Raton

Although your drain may seem like it can withstand all types of waste, this isn’t the case. Your drains are made to last but they also require care and maintenance. Bad odors and clogs can sometimes be a minor issue, but if these simple solutions don’t seem to clean out the gunk in your drain, it’s time to call a professional plumber as it’s a sign that something more serious is affecting your homes plumbing system. Don’t risk the integrity of your drain to save a few dollars here and there. You might end up paying for it later. Call the experts at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric in Boca Raton, today!