Though it happens to everyone, it can cause you utter embarrassment when you have your friends or guests coming over, and dirty water backs up in the tub or sink. You may definitely not want harsh chemicals in your home so when you think of clearing your drains, make sure to use only non-toxic products. What if we tell you that now you can DIY your drain fixing!

In the case of clogged drains, you can fix them up with mere home remedies. Below listed are several drain cleaning ways without the use of toxic chemicals.

Dish Soap And Hot Water

All you have to do is boil two litres of water and add a few tablespoons of liquid dish soap. Mix them up well. You can use this mixture and slowly pour it down the drain. This method takes a few tries but works great on greasy clogs.

Baking Soda And Vinegar

With this method, all you have to do is clear the area around the drain and put half a cup of baking soda down it. Follow this method with half a cup of vinegar. Once you are done with this, now you can plug your drain and let it sit for about an hour. Do not use the tap in this case. Now, you can unplug the drain and pour a glass of boiling water down it. Continue doing this until the drain is clear.

Salt, Vinegar And Borax

Over here, you can start off with half a cup of salt with half a cup of vinegar and add ¼ cup of borax to it. Afterwards, you can add a glass of boiling water and let it sit for over 60 minutes or until you see the drain clearing up. Now, all you have to do is rinse the drain with hot tap water to clear all the materials.

Salt and Baking Soda

To clear your drain using this method, you can mix baking soda and salt. Then, consider adding half a cup of both and pour down this mixture in the drain. Let it sit for a minimum of half an hour or even overnight in major cases. After letting it sit for a long period, you can clear it with a glass of boiling water.

Tougher the clog, the longer you should let the mixture sit in.


When you get clogs in the kitchen sink, the plunger will become your favorite tool. Food can get stuck in the drain under the sink portion, making it difficult to reach with a hook. Here, the plunger comes into play as it can help in clearing it. For this, you should first empty your sink of any rags or dishes. Then, fill half of the sink with warm water and plunge away. Consider using a rubber plunger for this.

Hot Water And a Simple Detergent For Greasy Clogs

You may often pour down grease, in the form of oil, in your kitchen sink after cooking. Put two tablespoons of your regular dishwashing detergent into the pan of boiling water in such a situation. Now pour the hot water slowly into the drain. This is effective at breaking up major grease clogs in your drain. The grease moves out of the drain and pipes, which helps in clearing the drain. Consider doing this once a week.

There is nothing as scary as realizing that the water level has crept up to your feet in the shower or kitchen sink is flooding. Thankfully, this can be avoided with the above mentioned DIY tricks. So, the next time you find yourself being a victim of drain clogs, use these household tricks to clear it. For professional maintenance and assistance, contact Capital Plumbing to get all kinds of plumbing services throughout Canada.