DIY Plumbing Solution: The Baking Soda & Vinegar Plumb Bomb, an Eco-Friendly Chemical-Free Liquid Plumr & Drano Alternative

The Problem

Being first time homeowners, we were unaware (until a few days ago) that the main drain in a house needs to be regularly maintained to prevent clogs from developing. So those of you who are savvy homeowners should not be astonished to hear that after 6 years, our drain developed a serious clog. While copious amounts of Liquid Plumr opened the drain enough to allow for a little water use, we were not able to do laundry in the modern fashion or take a shower lasting more than 10 seconds. Therefore, after washing our hair in the kitchen sink, we decided to try the baking soda and vinegar remedy.

The Solution

On the internet, we found many versions of this plumbing fix. Everyone had a different prescription for baking soda-to-vinegar ratio or how long to wait before pouring in the boiling water. After considering our situation, we came up with our own procedure for clearing a clog with this wholesome home remedy.

Because our clog was low down near the end of our main drain, we figured it would be optimal for the reaction to take place at the location of the clog (or as close to it as possible), rather than have the substances neutralize each other in the kitchen drainpipe. To our great delight, about fifteen minutes after the experiment, we heard the toilets flush themselves and our temporarily inconvenienced lives were back to normal.

If you have a seriously clogged main drain consider our Plumb Bomb before calling an expensive plumber or buying that case of Liquid Plumr from

What You Will Need

  1. Baking Soda
  2. Distilled White Vinegar
  3. Pots of Boiling Water

Amounts depend on the severity of the clog. You may need to repeat the process a few times for tougher clogs.

How to Clear a Serious Clog In Your Main Drain

  1. Start several pots of water to boil on the stove (About 1-2 gallons depending on how far you are from the location of the clog).
  2. Pour 1 or more boxes of baking soda into the kitchen sink drains.
  3. Use some of the water you heated to wash all the soda down the drain.
  4. Then pour a little more hot water down to make sure the soda leaves the kitchen drain pipes.
  5. Now pour plenty of vinegar down the sink drain (about 1 gallon).
  6. Follow up with a little more water to make sure the vinegar also leaves the kitchen drain.
  7. Wait 15-30 minutes to see if there is any change in the function of your plumbing. If it did not work the first time, you may need to try again with more baking soda and more vinegar or use an auger (yuck!).

Good luck and don’t slosh boiling water on yourself. Also be sure to banish children and pets from the kitchen and/or bathroom before starting the process.

Disclaimer: We are not professional plumbers but merely first-time homeowners still learning the ropes. The above method has worked for us but we make no guarantees as to its efficacy and safety to persons, pets, property, household fixtures and pipes.

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