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Old 09-16-2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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The shower drain was a bit clogged. I didn't have a Zip-It (which I find very helpful) handy and really don't like to use strong chemicals such as Drano.

So, I did a quick surf on the internet for a household solution. The solution called for

1) put 1/2 cup baking soda in drain

2) add 1/2 cup white vinegar

3) cover drain opening (the mixing of the two will fizz on contact) for about 30 minutes

4) add one pot of boiling water

The recipe worked . The clog might not be totally removed yet, but the drain definitely runs better. I guess the fizzing action helps clear out the stoppage and the hot water pushes the action down in the drain.

http://www.ehow.com/way_5598360_reci...in-opener.html
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:30 PM   #2
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Yep, that's what I use to clean the drains in my house. It works well.
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Same principle used in older soda-acid fire extinguishers, which have been around since I was a kid -- probably longer. Works well, for fires and opening drains.
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Glad it worked for you. Sounds like an easy remedy with typical household supplies.
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We use this, too. Helps to do it regularly -- whenever you notice the drain is draining slowly.

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We use this, too. Helps to do it regularly -- whenever you notice the drain is draining slowly.

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+1 - this really does help, but is unlikely to clear a complete stoppage. Regular use on slow drains will often keep them working just fine.

I know someone in the drain unclogging business, and they do this in their own home.

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