3 Easy Steps to Unclogging Your Drain Chemical-Free


It's impossible to keep hair out of your shower or bath drain. As we shower, it's natural to experience some hair loss, and if you're not fast enough, that hair is headed right into the drain. Over time, as hair builds up with soap and other debris in our drains, they can become backed up. What's the best way to clear hair out of your drain? DO NOT USE CHEMICALS! Solving the problem with chemicals isn’t good for your pipes or the environment. More often, that can do more harm than help.


Here’s what you can do to clear hair clog out of your drain without using harsh chemicals.


Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a natural compound that can dissolve mineral deposits and organic materials. It has disinfectant properties that can fight odor-causing bacteria and fungi— that means it is up for the task of managing that tangled hair mess.

3 easy steps to use baking soda to unclog a drain:

Unclogging a hair-clogged drain will require just 3 things from your pantry: baking soda, white vinegar, and hot water.

  1. Measure one cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain. Immediately follow the baking soda with one cup of vinegar down the drain.

  2. Watch for a fizzing in the drain and five minutes after the fizzing stops, flush the drain with two quarts of hot water.

  3. Repeat this process until the clog clears. For a stubborn clog, try pouring a cup of baking soda and a half cup of salt down the drain and let the mixture stay in the drain overnight before flushing it with two cups of boiling water.

The good news is these natural methods will not harm your pipes nor the environment. In fact, it’s a good idea to use this process as regular maintenance for your drains.

There are some clogs that a home remedy may not be able to fix. Clogged drains that become too large for natural solvents can become lodged deeper in your drain than you can clear on your own. Pipe Masters plumbing experts have over 45 years of experience within the trade and are licensed master plumbers. We will advise you on the best plumbing solution for your home or commercial property. Call us today for expert services in the Long Beach area and throughout Los Angeles and Orange County and let us help you with your plumbing needs! (562) 533-2145, ask for Cory!

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