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Let’s face it; it is tiring to find water pooling in the basin every day. Not to mention the disgusting odour that comes from blocked drains!

If you have been facing issues with drainage regularly, it is time to take action. Blocked drains can be problematic, and if not sorted out soon, they may lead to pipes bursting or terrible odour in the kitchen.

But let us tell you that the problem can be easily fixed with household ingredients. You will need baking soda and vinegar for this DIY solution, and that should work well.

Unblocking Using Baking Soda

That said, we have explained the entire process in the next section for your benefit. Follow the few simple steps and opt for this eco-friendly and cost-effective solution rather than hiring professionals. It is indeed a great way to tackle emergencies without having to hit the supermarket.

How To Clear Blocked Drains With Baking Soda?

Baking soda is present in every kitchen, and it works wonderfully when it comes to clogged pipes. It can help with clearing hair, grease and food particles all at once.

And let us tell you, cleaning a clogged drain is not really difficult. You can have a cleared out drain passage within an hour. Follow the next steps, and you should see results almost immediately.

1. Clearing The Dirty Water

Before you begin with the process, it’s important to clear the dirty water from the sink. This is needed to ensure that the solution you create will reach the drain immediately. If the dirty water is stagnant in the sink, use a viper to clear it away. Only once the basin is clear, move on to the next step.

2. Boil Water

Next, you will need to get some boiling water to aid the process. For this, you can either heat water on a stovetop until it begins to boil or alternatively use a microwave. Hot water will be needed to dissolve and clean the impurities that are stuck in the drain.

Remember not to use lukewarm water as the effect will drastically reduce and the drain may continue to be blocked.

3. Using Dish Soap

For this, you can use any store-bought grease-fighting dish soap that will help in the draining process. Take a good amount of soap and pour it straight into the sinkhole. The soap should go into the drain completely before you pour any boiling water. This will help in clearing the grease and create more space for the baking soda to work better.

4. Adding The Baking Soda

Once the initial grease has been cleaned, use your top ingredient that will work wonders in clearing the drain. You will need 1 cup of baking soda for this process. With a smaller drain, you can you a lesser amount. Remember that pouring in too much baking soda will not help as it will just accumulate near the drain hole.

5. Pour In Vinegar

You will need distilled white vinegar for the next step of this process, and that might cause audible reactions. If there are sounds, then know that you are doing it right.

Baking soda is alkaline in nature, and when you mix vinegar with it, alkaline reacts with the mild acetic acid. This will neutralize and then cause 'fizzing', which you’ll be able to hear. This process will help you in dislodging any particles inside the drain.

Pouring down drain

6. Pour Boiling Water

Leave this to 'fizz' for around 5 minutes, after this it should start to subside. Once it does, pour down 2 cups of boiling water. Keep the boiling water ready as there can’t be much of a time gap between pouring the vinegar and water.

Also, the boiling water needs to be poured directly into the drain. This will help in taking the soda and vinegar solution through to clear anything left that might be clogging the drain.

7. Put The Stopper

Once the boiling water has been poured along with your vinegar solution, close the drain mouth with a stopper and let the solution do its work. Give it around half an hour before opening it again. Pour in more boiling water and see if it is draining well. If the blockage still persists, you will have to repeat the process again.


You can keep your drains clear by using baking soda on a regular basis. After you have washed all the dishes for the day, pour half a cup of baking soda into your drain and let it sit overnight. The following morning, pour hot water along with a small amount of vinegar and flush the baking soda through the drain. This will keep the passage clean and will prevent large-scale problems in the future.

Hair blocking drain

Final thoughts on unblocking with baking soda

We will suggest using a strainer basket to trap all your food particles and prevent them from clogging drains. Also, remember to wipe the cookware clean before putting them in the sink. Grease is a major enemy of drains and tends to accumulate a lot.

Adding on, make it a point to keep pouring boiling water along with grease-removing dish soap into the drain once a week. This will prevent any severe clogging.

If it does not work even after several attempts, then it is best to call a professional. There could be other issues, and it is best to let a professional handle that. With this, we have reached the end of our guide, and we hope this has been helpful for you.

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