Homemade Drain Cleaners


If you are tired of spending a small fortune trying to freshen your sinks, then consider homemade drain cleaners that can be created with a few simple and inexpensive ingredients.

Recipes for Homemade Drain Cleaners

Whether it's a smelly sink or a grungy shower stall, unpleasant odors that emanate from drains can be a real pain for homeowners. Over time it's not unusual for kitchen or bathroom drains to unleash very unpleasant odors. However, instead of automatically reaching for traditional store-bought drain cleaners that can be harmful to your skin and the environment, consider concocting homemade versions, including:

Recipe One

This recipe is one of the easiest and cheapest to make. All you need is a small box of baking soda and a bottle of vinegar. Simply pour half of the baking soda down the drain. Next, pour a cup of vinegar down the drain. You should seem a foaming action commence. Allow the mixture to settle for about 30 minutes, and then rinse the drain with hot water.

Recipe Two

This homemade drain cleaner recipe calls for a few more ingredients. However, they are common items that most homeowners have in their pantries.


  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup cream of tartar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup baking soda

Directions: Place two cups of water in a pan and bring to a boil. Then, in a measuring cup, mix together baking soda, salt and cream of tartar. When you are done stirring, place the mixture into a plastic zip-top bag and shake well. Next, pour one-quarter of the mixture down the offending drain, add the hot water, and allow it to stand for 30 minutes. When 30 minutes is over, flush the drain with clean, cool water.

Recipe Three

This recipe calls for Borax, which can be found in the laundry detergent aisle at your local grocery or discount store. To make this homemade drain cleaner, simply bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Next, pour one cup of Borax down the drain, and follow with the boiling water. Allow the ingredients to sit for an hour. Finish by running clean, cool water down the drain for a couple of minutes before using the sink again.

Drain Cleaning Tips

Making your own drain cleaner is not only a cost-effective solution to putrid sink odors; it also helps preserve the environment from harmful chemicals used in some commercial cleaners. Unfortunately, whipping up your own recipes is not without risk. You still need to be cautious when cleaning drains with homemade recipes.

For example, when employing recipe number one timing is critical if you have already used a store-bought drain cleaner. If you used a commercial drain cleaner, then you must be sure that all traces of the chemical present in the store-bought version are clear prior to pouring the baking soda and vinegar mixture down the drain, as the homemade ingredients may react with the existing chemicals and produce dangerous results.

Finally, to save even more time and money, consider mixing large batches of the aforementioned do-it-yourself drain cleaners. You can store the leftovers in a clearly marked container, so it will be readily available when your sink is in need of a good cleaning.

Homemade Drain Cleaners