homemade drain cleaner How to Make Your Own Homemade Drain Cleaner? Quick DIY

Homemade drain cleaner

Chemical Drain Cleaners are not nature-friendly and can be dangerous to use as well as being poisonous to your skin. Sometimes, these chemical drain cleaners are not effective and can leave your sink drain clogged with harmful chemicals in the drain water. To substitute these commercial chemical drain cleaners many people use homemade drain cleaners as a clog remover which sometimes works as a natural drain cleaner for your sink.

Do you have a clogged drain? Did you know you could fix this while spending less than ten dollars? 

Most drain cleaner labels can make you dizzy with all the terminology. Lucky for you, there’s a whole DIY community that’s made it easy to unclog a drain yourself by using this recipe. 

If you want to save money on drain cleaner and learn a little chemistry along the way, keep reading for the tips you need to know!  

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Why Use Homemade Drain Cleaner to Clean Clean Stubborn Clog?

There is no doubt that chemical acid drain cleaners have the strength to clean the clogged drains faster. But if you want to unclog a soft clogged drain then Natural Homemade Drain Cleaner is the best drain cleaner for you. You can make it by yourself at home as it is safer, environmentally friendly, and less expensive than any other Chemical Drain Cleaner.

Now let's proceed towards How you can prepare a homemade drain cleaner on your own at home.


Ingredients, Equipment, & Steps to Prepare Homemade Drain Cleaner 

Before preparing the best DIY drain cleaner, it’s best to have a list of ingredients. Start by researching the baseline supplies you may already have in your home for the drain cleaner, then supplement your list to your needs. Here are the basic ingredients that you’re likely to buy.



  • Baking Soda

Baking soda (a base substance called sodium bicarbonate) is one of the best store-bought items that help in making a perfect sink drain cleaner. Composed of sodium carbonate, baking soda is full of sodium that helps break down dirt and grime. You can buy baking soda almost anywhere and because of its low price you can buy in bulk. 

Baking soda is reactive, meaning that if you add an acid (such as vinegar) it will become excited. This compound can jostle and break down grime that’s built up in your drain. 

  • Borax

The trick is starting with sodium. This means you can use salt or Borax instead of baking soda just as well. Anytime you combine a sodium base with an acid you will get a halfway decent cleaning solution. 

You can think of Borax as a concentrated form of baking soda. It contains a few extra chemical chains that make it a cleaning alternative and not a cooking formula. If you decide to use Borax make sure to keep it away from any sensitive body parts, children, or pets. 


Acids are your key to a positive chemical reaction. When you add any acid, even one mild as lemon juice, to sodium, you get a reaction capable of cleaning your drain. If you want to unclog your drain, find a multipurpose acid that you can buy for cheap.

  • Vinegar

Vinegar is a great acid (acetic acid) for your drain cleaning mixture. You can add it to any of the sodiums listed above to get quick results.

  • Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a weaker acid that works just as well. However, lemons have less acidity than vinegar, meaning you will have to add more lemon juice than an average drain cleaner recipe. 

  • Tartar

Cream of tartar is less another option that is derived from tartaric acid. This makes it a viable acid that you can add to baking soda and water to get a great cleaner. 


The general rule applies: when you add a weak salt base with a strong-based acid you will get an acidic solution. Accordingly, combining medium-strength salts and acids will leave you with a fairly strong compound. 

Adding sodium and citric acid will give you carbon dioxide gas. Don’t worry, adding the right amount of both creates enough reaction for drain cleaning. It will not cause you harm.

Equipment You'll Need:

Equipment / Tools

  •  Cup
  • Bucket
  • Drain stopper



  • Boiling water
  • 1/2 cup Baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar


Now you know the cheapest and most simple ingredients for homemade drain cleaner. For this section, we’ll be talking about how to mix and apply your ingredients to your clogged drain. 


First, get all of your ingredients in the right order. For example, you will always add your sodium before you add your acid solution. You might have some blockages at the surface of your drain, clean these out before moving forward. 


STEP 1: Clear Out Any Standing Water 

Clear out the water in the sink (tub or shower) using a bucket or mug, so the mixture of drain cleaner can easily reach the drain. It's not a problem to leave a certain amount of water near the drain opening itself so the drain cleaner can easily reach the clog as much as possible.

clogged sink


STEP 2: Use Boiling Water

If you are willing to clear the clogged drain of the sink, tub, or shower, then remove the pop-up stopper or tub stopper to clear the access to the drain. Start pouring some small amount of boiling water into the drain.

sink down the drain with boiled water


STEP 3: Add Some Baking Soda

Now begin to pour 1/2 cup of Baking Soda solution into the drain. Remember, you can use any of the contents listed above. If you choose to use a drain cleaner powder like baking soda, borax, etc. You can use a funnel to pour it down the drain. 

This fills your drain with the base to your draining reaction. It makes a foundation for your acid, leading to the dissolution of gunk and grime. 

unclog the sink with baking soda


STEP 4: Add Vinegar

Now it’s time you add your vinegar. You can use any of the acids present in this post, just make sure to always add them after your sodium. Doing any of these steps out of order will make the process useless.

After you add something like 1/2 cup of vinegar or cream of tartar to your powdered sodium you must wait up to one hour. It’s advised that you plug your drain while you wait. 

homemade drain cleaner white distilled vinegar for unclogging sink


STEP 5: Add Some More Boiling Water

Add a pot or two of boiling water to your drain. The hot water has an easier time passing through your drain and pushing the dissolved gunk through. 

boiling hot water to unclog bathtub drain


STEP 6: Repeat The Steps

To recap: add your powder sodium and acid then pour a pot or two of boiling water down the drain. 

This DIY homemade drain cleaner recipe will work for almost any clogged drain you have in your home. If you are dealing with a larger drainage system you might want to buy a professional solution or call a plumber you can trust

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Also Read: How to Clean Drain with Baking Soda & Vinegar


There’s no question that DIY home repair can have a  positive outcome. After all, it’s your home so why can’t you be the one to fix it? 

After reading this post you are well-equipped to unclog your sinks and bathtubs using a homemade drain cleaner. The formula is simple and most importantly, everything on this list is affordable. 

Still, sometimes a drain is harder to fix than with baking soda and vinegar. In cases like these, it’s best to hire a professional. 

If you can’t do it with storebought items, please contact us at Fischer Plumbing. We are happy to take your call and feel free to, start a dialogue with us and get your house back to its old self!


If you have a project that needs handling, big or small, call us today at 425-786-0096.  Together, we can resolve your situation quickly, effectively and professionally.

We can provide you with extra services if you need them in addition to your electric work, including plumbing, general contracting, restoration, and air conditioning and heating.

homemade drain cleaner How to Make Your Own Homemade Drain Cleaner? Quick DIY