How to Clear Bathroom and Kitchen Drains Using Salt

Whether it is the kitchen or bathroom drains, it matters little, as in both environments it is easy to find them clogged to the point that water no longer flows in the sink (but also in the shower, bidet, etc.). This happens because they tend to accumulate food debris, limescale, hair and hair inside that clogs the water passage. Fortunately, however, it only takes a little salt to totally clear the drains quickly and easily. Therefore, let’s see how to do it!

How to do it

As we have already mentioned, the remedy we propose to clear your drains consists of using rock salt, a pantry ingredient known for its many properties. All you need to do, then, is to add 2 tablespoons of rock salt to the drain and leave it overnight. Then, the next day, pour a small pot with boiling water and that’s it!

The salt, in fact, will be very effective as it boasts a strong anti-scale power! Not surprisingly, it is also used to rid the washing machine of dirt and lime scale! To make this remedy even more effective, then, you can also combine salt and baking soda together! So, fill a glass half with salt and half with baking soda and pour it down the drain, wait a few seconds for the mixture to go down, then pour 1 quart of boiling water: the drains will be free in the blink of an eye! Since both salt and baking soda boast strong absorbent properties, this will ensure that they will also be able to neutralize bad odors in the drains!

Other natural remedies to clear drains

Once we’ve seen how to use salt quickly and easily, let’s move on to other pantry ingredients that can unclog clogged drains!

  • Vinegar and baking soda

Let’s start with the combination of two ingredients known starting with our grandmothers for being natural unclogging agents capable of strong anti-scale action: vinegar and baking soda. Add, then, a cup of baking soda to the drain, after which wait a few seconds and pour, then, a cup of vinegar. At this point, pour in some very hot water to rid the drain more of all the residue, and you’re done!

N.B.! There is a long debate about the use of vinegar in drains, as it seems that its approach is not really environmentally friendly. So, ideally, alternative methods should be preferred, first and foremost citric acid.

  • Citric acid

As an alternative to vinegar, you can try citric acid, which acts as a natural limescale remover and de-scaler. We remind you, in fact, that this product is a godsend for ridding household appliances of limescale and for cleaning the washing machine internally! So, add 1/3 lb. of citric acid to a container containing one quart of lukewarm water and pour, in the meantime, ½ lb. of baking soda down the drain. Finally, add the citric acid mixture to the drain and goodbye clogged drains!

  • Brewer’s yeast

This probably sounds like a strange remedy, yet it does indeed seem to be effective not only in clearing drains, but also in removing odors within. What are we talking about? Brewer’s yeast!

Start, then, by bringing a cup of water to a boil in a saucepan and then dissolve a piece of brewer’s yeast inside it. At this point, pour the solution down the drain and leave it overnight-the drain will be free again!


Remember that in case of a breakdown, it is always best to seek advice from a technician. Be very careful when handling boiling water.

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