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You Can Clear a Clogged Drain Without Chemicals

Updated on September 27, 2014

Save Money and Protect Your Family with Safe Drain Openers

Are you constantly picking up a bottle of Draino on your trips to the supermarket to clean your persistently clogged drain? For years, liquid drain openers were on my shopping list and I saw no end in sight with my long hair and my daughter's hair constantly creating clogs in our sink and shower drains.

But one day I had enough and knew there had to be a better way to keep my drains open, protect my family - and marble bathroom counters - from dangerous chemicals.

Follow along for easy, chemical free solutions to keep your drains draining and save money in the process by avoiding chemical drain cleaners and expensive calls to the plumber.

Zip-tie Zip-it chemical free drain cleaner
Zip-tie Zip-it chemical free drain cleaner

Cobra "Zip-It" Drain Cleaner

A flexible little snake with teeth

The Cobra Zip-it should be your first line of defense against drain clogs. This flexible 17" piece of plastic which resembles an overgrown zip tie will get down deep into your drain and use its teeth to pull up all kinds of gunk and hair.

While the ad copy says this product is disposable, you can clean your Zip-it off and save it for another use. But with all the gunk it will bring up from your drain you may just want to toss it instead of cleaning it.

Zip-IT Drain Cleaner is Simple to Use

Cobra Products 400 Zip-It Drain Cleaning Tool

With over 220 Amazon customer reviews, you can see that this product has quite a loyal following. I would definitely try this first before reaching for chemicals.

Amazon Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars A.M.A.Z.I.N.G., October 2, 2012

By New D.C. Mom (Washington, DC)

"We tried everything to get our slow draining bathroom sink to function properly again. We were about to call a plumber when I found this product. This is fantastic!!! This pulled all sorts of nasty stuff out of the sink, and now our sink drain works again! No more slow draining sink!!! Also, if you wash this, you can definitely re-use it again."

See the Zip-It at Work - (and see why most people opt to throw it out after use)

Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda

Get your drain squeaky clean with this natural cleaner

Sometimes there is more than hair clogging your drain. A greasy build up of lotions, soaps and shaving cream scum can line the drain and make it run slowly. It is also more likely for hair to adhere to this greasy, sticky layer.

Once you have used your Zip-it to remove the hair from the drain, try this natural cleaning trick that has been used for generations.

Pour 1/2 cup of Super Washing Soda down the drain, let it sit for a minute or two, and then rinse it through with 2 cups of boiling water (or, with hot water from your tap).

Uses for Super Washing Soda

There are lots of practical uses for Super Washing Soda around your home. I also toss a 1/2 cup in my washing machine when I am washing whites or particularly sweaty, smelly clothes and the always come out smelling fresh. It can also be used as an all purpose cleaner mixed with water, or even a a paint stripper when made into a paste.

Ready to clean the drain yourself, or calling a plumber?

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      johnadams7557 4 years ago

      That is really the great way for cleaning the drain. Great for me to read this information here.

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