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Homemade Drain Cleaner and Declogger (baking soda + vinegar): This fixed a shower that has been draining slowly for years. Plunging & chemical drain openers failed, but this worked! Pour 1/4 cup baking soda into the drain. Slowly pour in 1/2 cup vinegar. Note: I used more vinegar to allow the baking soda to travel further down the drain & followed it with a pot of boiling water after ~30 mins.
Bob's Tip of the Day: Clear a clogged drain by pouring a 1/2 cup of baking soda into it, followed by 1 cup of vinegar. It will bubble and foam, and once that stops, ﬂush the drain with hot water. About 5 minutes later, rinse with cold water. This approach is effective, non-toxic, and less damaging to your pipes (and wallet!) than commercial drain cleaners.
To get rid of the nasty black gunk in your drain: 1. Boil a pot of water. 2. Meanwhile pour baking soda down the drain. 3. Once the water has reached a rolling boil pour it down the drain. 4. Let the water and baking soda work at decomposing and sterilizing the grime for 10 minutes. 5. After 10 minutes, pour 1 cup of bleach down the drain to completely kill any remaining mildew or bacteria. this process every few months. It will also keep the nasty mildew smell at bay.