Homemade Drain Cleaners - Recipes And Instructions

Homemade drain cleaners can be economical and just as effective as more expensive and toxic commercial drain cleaners.

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There are several recipes, which are listed below.

To Clean And Deodorize Drains

Sometimes your drains, especially those in the kitchen, can get smelly.

To get rid of a funny smell, or to prevent it from forming you can use one of the following homemade drain cleaning recipes:

Drain Cleaning Recipe Using Washing Soda


1. Pour 1 gallon of hot water down the drain.

2. Pour a mixture of 1/2 cup washing soda and 1 gallon of warm water down the drain, slowly.

3. Finally, rinse by pouring an additional 1 gallon of hot water down the drain.

Drain Cleaning Recipe Using Chlorine Bleach


  • 3/4 cup of chlorine bleach
  • 1 tablespoon powdered laundry detergent
  • 1 gallon of warm water


1. Create the mixture in the proportions listed above.

2. Pour this mixture down the drain very slowly.

3. Rinse by pouring at least 1 gallon of hot water down the drain.

To Unclog Drains

Unclog Drains With Ammonia


1. Mix a solution of 2 teaspoons of ammonia with 1 gallon of boiling water.

2. Pour this solution down the drain very slowly.

3. Let the mixture drain and sit for approximately five minutes.

4. Use a plunger to loosen the clog.

5. Rinse by pouring an additional gallon of boiling water down the drain.

Unclog Drains With Vinegar and Baking Soda

Check out full instructions, including a how to video, for using baking soda and vinegar to unclog a slow drain.

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