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■Baking Soda: Remove as much of the liquid thatís backed up as you can. Toss 1 cup of baking soda into the drain then pour a large pot or kettle of boiling hot water over top. If it empties completely, pour down another kettle to give it another hot flush and then let cool water run from the tap for a couple minutes.

■Vinegar: Tried and true method: Remove as much liquid as you can. Toss in 1 cup of baking soda, then pour down a cup of household vinegar, plug with the stopper then let sit for half an hour. After about 30 minutes, unplug and pour a kettle full of hot water on top. See this page from thegoodhuman.com and this this one from treehugger.com for more details. This is the method Iíve grown up with and it works even if thereís still liquid backed up (although it works faster without water). Just double the baking soda & vinegar amount, give it about an hour and things have fully emptied, dump more fresh batches of boiling water 2 or 3 times to completely clear out the gunk.

■Plunging: Use a small plunger to try forcing things to clear. Youíll need a few inches of liquid in the sink to help make a vacuum seal for the plunger and a few forceful plunges to make this work. You can buy a plunger thatís about a 1/3 of the size of a regular toilet plunger. These are only a couple bucks, need very little room and theyíre great to keep just in case trouble rears. You can use a full sized one if you canít find a small one.

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Once a month clear things out with baking soda and hot water or the vinegar, baking soda and hot water flush. Hereís a recipe you can mix up in big batches and use monthly too:

1 part baking soda
1 part salt
1/4 part cream of tartar

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■Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of this mixture into the drain and dump a kettle full of boiling water. Run hot water from the tap for a couple minutes, then turn to cool and run for another couple minutes. Do this monthly to clear out any fat, grease and nasties buildup that may be beginning to form.

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I have done this for years, but I follow with 2 quarts of boiling water. Really works well especially when it is soap scum or food particles clogging the drain,

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Have a plugged sink drain or bath tub drain, instead of using harsh chemicals like liquid plumber instead use 2 ounces baking soda and 2 ounces of white vinegar, put the baking soda in first followed with vinegar, before you know it the liquid is bubbling and within 15 minutes or less followed with running water the drain is free from whatever was clogging it. My friend from New Zealand told me about her sister's invention, believe me it works...


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