Mrs. Fixit: Sluggish Drain

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January 9, 2010 2:35:40 AM PST
A sluggish drain is more than a nuisance; if it isn't taken care of it can lead to a total clog and a big mess.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to clean a slow drain is hot water. Hot water can melt slime and sludge from your pipe walls. Try it every week to keep your drains cleaner.

If you're having a little more trouble than water can get rid of on it's own try salt water.

Make a solution of fifty percent hot water and fifty percent salt. Let the salt dissolve and then pour the solution down the drain.

The salt water will dissolve grease and build-up and as a bonus it will eliminate odors. allow the solution to sit for fifteen minutes or so and then flush it, with more hot water.

If you don't have any salt on hand, try a similar solution of baking soda and water, it will both clean and deodorize as well.

Some easy, inexpensive and green ways to clear a sluggish drain. I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple.