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Spring Cleaning Series: Vinegar + Baking Soda + Boiling Water = WHOA

04.12.10 Spring Cleaning Series: Vinegar + Baking Soda + Boiling Water = WHOA

Ok, I'm learning a whole bunch of stuff lately. First, I learn that vinegar can clean just about anything. THEN, tonight while trying out a tip I read the other night on WholeLiving that said vinegar, baking soda and boiling water can clean out drains, I learned that the two of them together pack quite a punch. We're talking science experiment worthy fizziness!

I will say it again - who knew?

Here's the recipe I found on a site called doityourself.com, which explains  the "combination of baking soda and vinegar can break down fatty acids into soap and glycerin, allowing the clog to wash down the drain."

Drain cleaner: Baking Soda and Vinegar. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar and cover the drain if possible. Let set for a few minutes, then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain to flush it.  DO NOT USE THIS METHOD AFTER ANY COMMERCIAL DRAIN OPENER HAS BEEN USED OR IS STILL PRESENT IN THE STANDING WATER. Read more here.

Did it work? Not sure yet. It was definitely better but still running a bit slow. I'm going to give it some time to work its magic and maybe even try it again tomorrow. 

But I have to say, even if it doesn't work to completely unclog the drain, the fizzy reaction was kind of worth it. I just wish I had brought my camera in to show you guys. I wasn't expecting it to be that memorable.

Next time, I'll make sure to do it when the boys are up and watching. They will think I'm so cool. 

Has anyone else out there tried this before? Did it work for you?




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