Does Unclogging the Drain with Baking Powder and Vinegar Really Work?
One Southern Living writer puts the popular method to the test.
In another life, I was blessed with thick, straight hair...that doesn't shed like wildfire every darn day. This is not that life. Like clockwork, every three months or so, I have to call up my building's super to unclog the sink and tub drains in my bathroom.
So when I came across this tutorial on how to unclog a drain with baking soda and vinegar on CrunchyBetty.com, I was ready to grab my cleaning gloves and get started. A cheap, green method to clean my drain out with no grocery store trips required? You don't have to tell me twice.
The process seemed simple enough: Rinse my drains with boiling hot water, add baking soda and let it sit. Next, mix white vinegar with super hot water and pour it on top of the baking soda and cover this up with a drain plug in the bath. One final flush of boiling water, and presto-sinko!
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Though I followed Crunchy Betty's directions to a T, my results were pretty lackluster. On first test, the sink seemed to work markedly more efficiently, but by the following day, it was already back to draining at tortoise speeds. The bath seemed to drain about 20% faster, but that's not that great when you're showering in ankle-deep water. Thankfully, I called my super and now all is well in Apartment 5E. Next time I have an issue, I'll be test-driving these green drain cleaning ideas from Bren Did — a DIY blog which also provides a helpful explanation of why the baking soda and vinegar method is a flop.
And you know what? I'm glad my mama and papa blessed me with thick, straight hair, baking soda and vinegar be damned.