4 DIY Ways to Unclog Your Drains

Do you have a clogged drain that you continue to put off cleaning? You’d rather shower in standing water than wrestle with the mysterious hairy monster hiding deep in your drains.

We get it.

Clogged drains can be messy and daunting, but they don’t have to be difficult to clear. So, step away from the Drano that damages plastic pipes and try these easy DIY ways to unclog your drain.

Bent Wire Hanger

This DIY is cheap, quick, and easy. Grab a wire hanger from your closet and straighten it out as much as you can. Then, bend one end of the hanger in the shape of a hook to create an easy fishing utensil. Stick the hanger with the hook end first in your drain and begin fishing out the clogging culprit. Once you’ve pulled out everything, just rinse with hot water. 

Baking Soda & Vinegar

Not a big fan on fishing out the gunk clogging your drain, try this technique. Start by pouring some boiling water down the drain followed by 1/3 cup of baking soda. Let the baking soda sit for five minutes and then pour 1/3 cup of vinegar. The baking soda and vinegar mixture will immediately begin to fizz. Allow the two-ingredient warrior do its magic and let it sit for 20 minutes. Finally, rinse with boiling water. 

The Wet & Dry Vacuum

Did you know that wet and dry vacuums work on stubborn clogs too? It’s quite simple, just set your vacuum to the liquid setting, stick the hose in the drain, and begin vacuuming out the muck. There are drain attachments available for most vacuums, but if you decide to use the existing hose, make sure you have a few towels handy for any extra blowback. 

 Cleaning the Pipes

If you’re cleaning a sink’s drain and want to channel your inner plumber this DIY is for you. Grab a bucket and place it under the U-shaped pipe in your cabinet. Use a plumber’s wrench to loosen both ends of the pipe. Once you’ve loosened the pipe, empty its content and any other gunk you’ve fished out into your bucket. Lastly, secure the pipe back in place and run some hot water.