I hate plunging the toilet. Apparently we got the wrong toilet paper and I’m paying for it now. It was a super sale and coupon and all that good stuff at Staples of all things. It wasn’t worth it for all the times our toilet has filled up. A friend had posted about using dish soap and boiling water so I decided to give it a try – several times now. DIY Drano can be as easy as good old dish soap.
Squirt a good amount of dish soap into the toilet.
Pour approximately a quart of boiling water in.
Let it sit about 10 minutes and FLUSH.
One time I had to let it sit a few more minutes and try flushing again before it worked but the other time, one flush, all done.
Our basement utility sink, which the washer drains into, wasn’t draining properly. We found water all over the floor farther away from the washer one day and discovered a pipe sticking out of the floor that we had never noticed before. The pipe was apparently blocked somewhere in the wall of the house or outside. Thankfully that drain pipe was ONLY for the washer/sink. We tried Drano twice with no luck so we haven’t used the washer for 4 days. Ha. Great plan, right?
I decided to look online for a Drano alternative. I found several ideas, combined things, experimented and found another DIY Drano recipe that works for me.
1 cup baking soda
1 cup table salt
1/4 cup cream of tartar
3 cups boiling water.
Mix dry ingredients well.
Pour 1/2 cup down the clogged drain.
Follow with 3 cups boiling water.
Let set 1 hour and flush with fresh water.
Forget Drano. It worked like a charm.
After an hour we went and flushed the sink drain with full force water. The sink started filling a tiny bit so we used the plunger on it once and we were set. It drained beautifully and caused no problems.
I will take a chemical free fix every day if it works. I really hate Drano and the nastiness it holds inside. I hate pouring that into our drains and ultimately, into our septic system. This new recipe for DIY Drano makes me feel much more comfortable.