I don't know about you, but the fewer chemicals I have in my house, the better. If I can use a natural cleaner over something harsh like bleach, ammonia, or other conventional cleaners, I will. I had heard that vinegar is great on just about anything to clean. You can read one of my first posts where I cleaned mold off of a door with vinegar here and here! The second link has visuals. In addition to being a great mold killer, vinegar, especially paired with baking soda, works wonders.
I first heard about using vinegar and baking soda to clean pipes/drains on Pinterest. Of course. One of these days I'll come up with something original! Ha. The link to the original pin site is here.
So if you're like me, your hair seems to constantly clog the drain in the tub/shower. And if you're not fortunate enough to have a garbage disposal, eventually crumbs and bits of food cause a gross buildup in your kitchen sink. You might be ready to reach for the Drano but wait! There's an easier way!
I have no idea how much Drano costs, but I'm fairly certain that white vinegar and baking soda is cheaper. And, much safer.
So read on if you want to effectively, cheaply, and safely clean that nasty, backed up drain!
All you need is:
- Distilled white vinegar
- Baking soda
- Boiling water
- Lemon juice (Optional: I used it to shine the sink)
And in no time you'll have a sparkling sink and no more standing water!
Dump a lot of baking soda into your drain. Fill it up if you want! It's fun to watch the reaction.
Then pour in your vinegar. No precise measurement, just pour until it foams nicely.
Bubble bubble toil and trouble! That pesky junk in the drain shall be no more!
Let the baking soda/vinegar reaction sit for a minute, up to 15 if you want, then pour in a kettle full of boiling water. This will help flush everything down.
I was so excited to see how fast the water drained after I did this! I'll definitely be doing it on all of our drains, especially the tub! Gross.
I quickly got motivated to give the sink a good scrub down. I sprinkled baking soda all around the sink then scrubbed with a regular sponge. The mild abrasiveness cleaned it really well. I then poured lemon juice on the sponge and wiped down the sink for a lovely shine.
It may not seem like much, but it's a big difference, I swear! It's not the nicest sink, but it's what we've got! And that was probably the best it's looked since it was installed. The joys of renting.
What are some of your favorite cleaning methods? Do you like to go all out with the strongest grade stuff available or do you like to use the not-so-harsh natural versions?