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Video:How to Unclog Bathroom Drains Naturally

with Jonathon E. Stewart

Backed up sink and shower drains are pretty gross - take a look at these tips for unclogging and maintaining your bathroom drains using a few natural, inexpensive ingredients.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Unclog Bathroom Drains Naturally

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com with today's 90 second quick tip. There's just about nothing worse than standing in the shower as soapy-grey water slowly climbs up your ankle, or spitting toothpaste into a backed-up sink basin. But take a look at these easy tips, and say goodbye to your clogged bathroom drains, for good. Check it out!

Remove Debris From Clogged Drain

Before calling a plumber or grabbing for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner, try a couple all-natural remedies that won't leave a toxic residue that could be harmful to you or your kids. First, look to see if there's anything visible that might be clogging your drain. In the shower, this most likely will be a pretty disgusting hair mat. Be strong here, and pull as much gunk as you can out of the drain with your fingers - you can always wear gloves if the idea of this skeeves you out too much. Moving forward, it's not a bad idea to get rid of any post-shower drain hair as soon as possible, so it doesn't build up and get so nasty.

All-Natural Unclogging Remedies

Next, grab about a half cup of baking soda and pour as much as possible directly down the drain - some will remain on top of the drain and on your shower floor or sink - that's okay. Now take a half cup of white vinegar and slowly pour it over the baking soda - the resulting chemical reaction will dissolve the baking soda and loosen grime and gook in your drain below the surface.

Continue adding white vinegar until the visible baking soda is gone, and allow the combination to do its trick for about 15 minutes - you might even be able to hear the fizzing reaction echo through your pipes. Finally, flush your drain with boiling water, preferably poured from a distance of a few feet, allowing gravity to flush whatever clogging material is in your drain, right on through. Sprinkling a little baking soda in your drains on a weekly basis will help to keep them clear all the time, which means you'll never have to worry about your ring-around-the-tub, ever again.

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