Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Freshen and Clean Drains the Natural Way

Every once in a while I will notice my kitchen drain needs a freshening up. You know the smell.
I used to use bleach but my daughter is very sensitive to it permeating the house so I discovered a more natural approach years ago.
Take some baking soda and white vinegar.


Generously sprinkle the baking soda around and in the drain. About a 1/4 cup.


Then pour about a cup of vinegar over the baking soda and watch it fizz. You will hear it fizzing all down the drain. Let sit for about fifteen minutes.


And wash it all down with a pot of boiling water.


We are on a sewer system so I wonder if this is better than bleach if you have a septic tank. Seems like it would be. Helps keep the drain nice and clear too.

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25 comments:

Denise said...

I like that way too.Good to remember :)

Kris said...

We are septic. Thanks for the tip!!

Ginger Zuck said...

Funny you post this today. I was doing the dishes this morning and I noticed that smell. I'm heading downstairs to do this. Cannot stand that smell. Thanks for the tip.

NanaDiana said...

Sometimes those "old" remedies are the best. Do you know that this is also the natural cure for people that have gout or inflammatory issues..except you have to use organic apple cider vinegar and add cold water...lol...what you don't drink you can use to flush your pipes! xo Diana

laurie said...

this is my way too,

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Elaine,

Of course baking soda is better than bleach for this task. I am very allergic to it too!


Gabriela

Lois' Laughlines said...

You discovering all these great cleaning ideas make make job so much easier. Thanks.
blessings.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

This is my mom's remedy for everything. She made me wash the walls (we had paneling) with it in my first house. It works!

Shug said...

I love using baking soda...This stuff is great for lots of things..
thanks for sharing.

Val said...

I truly needed to see this post today...we have been having some drain issues. Thank you so much.

momto8 said...

this works..I do it!!

Diane Writes said...

Baking soda and vinegar are inexpensive and home based cleansers we used at home too. I agree that both works even in our home.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh I use this too!

and another thing. I can't remember if you make your own laundry soap or not... but I use a scoop of that to swish my toilet clean too! Instead of comet or bleach.
It sparkles!

~Pat

Micupoftea~ said...

I also do this~ Peroxide works in place of vinegar if you have an expired bottle!

Katherine said...

Oops, reminds me that I should do this soon. And yes, it's much better for septic systems.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

This is a great tip, Elaine! Thanks for posting it!

xo,
RJ

Gayle said...

Thanks so much for this tip! I desparately need to do this. Love your blog!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Excellent idea. We have a septic system at the lake, so I'm glad you mentioned that we can use it with a septic system. Thanks!

Firecracker Kid said...

Good ole vinegar and baking soda. Age old remedies for many things. Thanks for sharing :o)
Carol

Sam I Am...... said...

That's a great idea and I am on septic. Thanks!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

This is really good and easy. OH, and I have both ingredients in my kitchen, so I'll give this a try :) :) We don't have a septic tank... Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Karen said...

Great tip! Thanks. I know what I'll be doing this morning when I clean the kitchen.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Sherry said...

Great idea! I am all for less chemicals. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Barbara F. said...

Will be giving this a try!

curlyrose49 said...

Love your great tips :)

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