Green Approaches to Clearing a Drain Green Approaches to Clearing a Drain

If your sink, shower or bathtub drain has recently been stricken with a clog, you may be looking for an effective method of drain clearing. If, however, you're put off by the plethora of potent chemicals found in most commercial drain clearing products, you'll be pleased to learn that there are several green approaches to getting rid of troublesome clogs.

Hot Water Rinsing

A little known fact among green cleaning enthusiasts is that hot water can be an invaluable drain clearing tool. To get rid of light clogs, either run a steady stream of very hot water directly from faucet into the drain or pour several cups of pre-boiled water down the clogged drain. This helps break apart and wash away bits of hair, soap scum and other types of clog-forming filth.

Baking Soda Rinsing

Simply pour a cup of baking soda down the stopped-up drain and follow it up with 1 to 3 cups of boiling water. This will give way to the formation of an alkaline composition, which will effectively penetrate and break apart the source of the clog. If there is residue from any commercial drain clearing products in your drain, you should avoid this method, as it stands to give way to hazardous fumes and/or chemical reactions.


When it comes to drain clearing, plunging is still one of the most effective methods. After filling your tub or sink with a small amount of hot water, position your plunger or sink plunger directly over the troubled drain and proceed to vigorously plunge it.

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