Easy and Inexpensive DIY Recipes for 10 Common Cleaning Products (4 of 11)

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Drain Cleaner

Commercial brand drain cleaners are very toxic and dangerous to have around if you have little children. Try these ecofriendly clog clearers from Earth Easy instead.

Light duty cleaning: Mix together 1/2 cup salt and 1 gallon water. Heat the mixture (but not to boiling point) and pour it down your clogged drain.

For tougher clogs: Dump 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Follow it with 1/2 cup vinegar. The chemical reaction will cause the fatty acids and soap to break down. After 15 minutes, pour 4 cups of boiling hot water down the drain. (Caution: Do not use boiling water for plastic drain pipes. Use hot tap water instead. Also, do not add a commercial drain opener while the vinegar is in your pipes. The results can be noxious fumes.)

If you still haven't cleared the clog, I've found using a Zip It super helpful for pulling up clogged hair. But, be forewarned, you may gag a little.

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