Why this blog?

For me, being vegan is a continual journey. Every day I find out something new about the things I use in my ordinary daily life. I am interested in finding new ways to enhance the vegan-friendliness of my life through the products I use, eat, wear or otherwise consume. I would love for everything I use to be as vegan as possible, from dish soap to makeup, to the shoes I wear, to my hair care products, and everything in between. I hope to share with you information about what I try and what I discover along the way.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Vegan Eco-friendly All-Natural Drain Cleaner/Declogger that Really Works!

My bathroom sink has been clogged for a couple of weeks now, filling fast and draining slowly. It has made it hard to brush my teeth, wash my face, you name it. I am assuming it has been clogged with hair and/or hair product, soap scum, and who knows what.

It's gross, I know. I am embarrassed and icked out, but the reason I am telling you about this is to share with you the Fastest Easiest Best remedy in case you ever find yourself in my position.

There are numerous sites online that recommend the following recipe, and having finally just tried it mere moments ago myself, I can verify that it really works!

  • Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into your clogged drain.
  • After about 30 seconds or so, slowly pour 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar down the drain on top of the baking soda. (It will fizz and bubble--this is normal).
  • Wait a few minutes and then slowly pour boiling water down the drain on top of the soda and vinegar mixture. (I filled my plug-in tea kettle with water and by the time it boiled, it was time to pour the water in).
You will be amazed at how quickly and how well  this works! (And, a bonus is that the baking soda vinegar mixture leaves your sink cleaner than before.) I have been told this also works well on kitchen drains if that is where your problem lies. So say goodbye to the gross water sitting in your sink and hello to a happy clean drain!


  1. Thanks for this tip! I have a drain awaiting right now!

  2. I pour a kettle or two of boiling water down each of our drains every couple of weeks. They clog much less often than they used to!

  3. This works depending on how clogged the sink is. I had a bathroom sink that got VERY clogged somehow and, trying to someting natural, tried this method at my husband's suggestion (he'd found it in an all-natural cleaning book)

    On a really tough block up, this does not work. I had to resort to draino.

    Pouring a kettle of boiling water down the drain every few weeks is a good preventative measure.


  4. It might take a few repeated efforts and some plunging, but this has always worked for me. Good idea to use it as a preventative measure too though!

  5. Great tip - thanks for sharing.

    Same combi of ingredients is also great for cleaning the bath/shower.

  6. I might try some of this for drain cleaning in Calgary. I know a lot of the products are pretty bad for the environment.