I’ve mentioned before that our house has a lot of character. (I have to say it that way just in case my house is listening and so that it won’t get its feelings hurt.)
Our house is over a hundred years old, and while we love our house and feel completely blessed to live in such a nice, large house…it does have some crazy weird issues. (Sounds like the lady of the house too, doesn’t it? Crazy weird issues indeed.)
One of the biggest issues in our house involves the plumbing. You don’t want to know the details, but let’s just say… No. Let’s not. You don’t want to know the details.
What I will tell you is that keeping our sinks and bathtubs draining nicely feels next to impossible. And as you know, we’d like to keep our house free from harmful chemicals like bleach and drano.
A good friend of ours was over recently and told us a nice tip for unclogging the bathtubs and sinks naturally using the ever wonderful baking soda and vinegar.
Here’s what you do:
- Take out your sink or bathtub stopper.
- Use an wet washrag to clean out around the drain hole.
- Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain.
- Pour 1 cup white distilled vinegar down the drain.
- Stop the volcano from bubbling up out of the drain by placing a wash rag over the drain hole. You want the action to take place down where stuff is clogged, not all over your bathtub or sink.
- After thirty minutes, pour a big pot of boiling water down the drain.
And there you go.
I love that we can work on our drain issues using natural ingredients…thus avoiding an asthma attack and whatever other icky things we’re avoiding when we skip using bleach and other harmful chemicals in our home. And, as a side benefit…this method saves a lot of money. Do you know how expensive drano is?!
What other great uses have you found for baking soda and vinegar?
I wonder if they would help with the… Oh wait. We weren’t going to talk about that.