Two Simple Ways to Speed Up Your Drain

A slow drain can make house cleaning difficult. As the water backs up in the sink, cleaning dishes, preparing mop buckets, or getting a cloth wet with clean water can be tricky. Rather than going out and paying for a solution to clear the drain, try one of these two tricks first:

Solution #1

Materials: Table salt and Water.


  • Put a pot of water on the stove and turn it on.
  • Add salt. Use 1/2 to 1 cup of salt in the water.
  • Turn the water off just before it starts to boil. Watch it closely, as salt actually tends to cause water to come to a boil faster.
  • Pour the hot salt water down the drain. Do this slowly, and give it a few minutes to run its course.

Do this every few weeks to keep your drain clean from debris and build up that occurs naturally over time.

Solution #2

Materials: Vinegar and Baking Soda.


  • Sprinkle baking soda into the drain. This doesn't have to be exact, but be generous. The more baking soda, the bigger the reaction.
  • Pour vinegar into the drain. Just like in a kid's science class, the vinegar and baking soda react, causing bubbling. This reaction swells down into your drain, carrying the cleaning power of the vinegar and baking soda far into the pipes.
  • Let it sit until the bubbling has stopped. Resist the urge to run water in the sink before the reaction has finished.
  • Rinse with hot water. Wash down the vinegar, baking soda, and any residue they've pulled from the sides of the drain with hot water.

If your drain is completely clogged, you're probably going to want to try a plunger or plumbing snake before cleaning with one of these methods. Having these housekeeping tricks up your sleeve will make tasks a lot easier, though!

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