Learn how to clean the kitchen drain quickly, easily & inexpensively without potentially harmful (and expensive) drain cleaners.
How to clean the kitchen drain without chemicals
I can remember years ago, when I wanted to clean the drain when it got a bit stinky the first thing I’d reach for was a little tub of drāno which is a chemical-based drain cleaner.
I remember pouring it down then having to walk away because the fumes were so strong they felt like they were rotting my nostrils!
When I made the switch to natural products it was one of the first things to go.
But no one likes a stinky sink!
If you do a quick search you’ll find an unlimited number of posts with advice on how to clean a drain without potentially harmful chemicals.
There’s putting ice-cubes of lemon juice down the insinkerator for one which is a great idea. I also put half a lemon down and give it a good whiz which usually does the trick.
To clean the drain though, I have been using the same recipe for years and it has never let me down.
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There are some comments around the internet that this particular method isn’t very effective but for the last 6 years it’s what I’ve been doing and I’ve never had to use anything different.
All you will need is one cup of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and one cup of white vinegar and a full kettle of freshly-boiled water.
To clean the drain, tip the baking soda down the drain as best you can then pour over the white vinegar.
The chemical action will lift anything that’s lurking in the drain that will usually be dirt, grease and grime.
Once it has completely stopped bubbling, pour down the complete kettle of freshly-boiled water.
The hot water will dissolve and wash away the grease leaving you with a nice clean-smelling sink.
If it’s still a little smelly after the first go then you can repeat the process but I haven’t needed to before.
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- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 full kettle of boiling water
- To clean the drain, tip the baking soda down the drain as best you can then pour over the white vinegar.
- The chemical action will lift anything that's lurking in the drain that will usually be dirt, grease and grime.
- Once it has completely stopped bubbling, pour down the complete kettle of freshly-boiled water.
- The hot water will dissolve and wash away the grease leaving you with a nice clean-smelling sink.
- If it's still a little smelly after the first go then you can repeat the process but I haven't needed to before.