DIY Homemade Drano Recipe

The Best DIY Homemade Drano Recipe- it really works!!

Did you know you could create your own homemade drano? Well, it’s not really like drano because drano is full of a lot of scary chemicals and toxins, but it can get the clog out of backed up sinks and tubs like drano, and I think that is pretty awesome.

Last week, my tub decided it did not want to drain for me. I thought about going to the store to buy something to fix the clogged drain, but instead, decided to create my own solution (this doesn’t sound like me at all, wink wink) and it surprisingly turned out to be quite an easy task. My tub that took 15 minutes the night before to drain, now drained in 3 minutes. I couldn’t believe it. All this time I had been using those harsh chemicals, when I could have been using simple and safe ingredients to make my own.

My Homemade Drano Recipe uses safe all natural ingredients, unlike the store bought stuff which is full of scary chemicals. I love that it uses ingredients that I always have on hand, and is still effective. Are you ready to find out how to unclog a drain the natural simple way? Lets get to it.

My DIY Homemade Drano Recipe

The Best DIY Homemade Drano Recipe- it really works!!


1 cup baking soda
1 cup lemon juice or vinegar
boiling water

First make sure water is drained from tub or sink. If it is slow draining, just be patient and wait for all the water to drain.

Remove any drain plugs or stoppers from the tub or sink. You want an opening big enough so you can really get the solution down the drain.

Next pour boiling water down the drain to help losen up any gunk. Let water drain again.


Next pour baking soda down drain. This was by far the hardest and most time consuming part. Try your hardest to get all of the baking soda down there. Use a funnel if you have to!


Next slowly pour in the lemon juice, and also vinegar works just as good! The lemon juice will cause a reaction with the baking soda and this will result in some fizzing and bubbling action. Cover the drain with a cloth, or tub stopper so that the baking soda can work. We don’t want it to come up, we want it to break up the clog down below.


Leave the cloth or drain plug for 30 minutes. During this time the foaming action will be breaking down the clog.


After 30 minutes, uncover the drain and very slowly pour more boiling water down to flush the clog out. If you have plastic piping, it is best to avoid boiling water and instead use very hot water.


Depending on how stubborn of a clog you have, you may need to repeat the process a few times, but it should work if you follow these steps. If you’re still having troubles it may be time to humble yourself and call the plumber. 🙂

The Best DIY Homemade Drano Recipe- it really works!!

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Lemon Juice-.48
Baking soda-.31
Water- Free

Total Cost-$0.79

A 32 oz. bottle of Drano cost about $4.00 at Walmart and my homemade version is only pennies! So yes, it is definitely worth the cost, and time to make. I love that it uses products that I already have in my kitchen, which means I don’t have to take an extra trip to the store. Plus, I don’t feel like I am going to die a horrible death from breathing in nasty chemicals and toxins. I love that this recipe is safe to use around my kids!

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DIY Homemade Drano Recipe was last modified: October 4th, 2015 by Ashleigh

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  1. Thank you! It worked! And it worked just as well as drano!

  2. I used the above and it helped but didn’t work completely. I turned on both shower jets so the water would back up and then plunged it with a toilet plunger. That did the trick. Our shower had never drained so well as it does now. The clog was loosened but the plunger flushed the remnants away.

  3. When I was in home ec class some years ago we did a coke and tooth experiment. The teacher put a tooth in a bottle of coke. The soda eventually ate away at the tooth until is was pretty much nothing.

  4. I tried this on a shower which pooled up instantly whenever in use. Upon removing the little grate over the drain with a flathead screwdriver I pulled out a large tangle of hair and flushed it, then followed the steps posted here and now the shower is draining normally.

    Thanks a bunch!

    • You may want to toss the hair clumps in the garbage next time otherwise you’ll end up clogging the toilet, TRUST ME lol

  5. I put my baking soda in a squirt bottle(like the ketchup bottles in restaurant) with the small nozzle, I can really get my baking soda down in the small opening of my drain.

  6. hello, my name is Stacy……. My daughter has long hair so now my bathroom sink is clogged, but I can’t get the stopper out, guess it don’t come out lol how do I pour the baking soda down there….

    • Most likely the stopper is attached inside the pipe below the sink. It should unscrew from the back of the pipe. Before doing that put a bucket under the pipe, water will come out. Then you can pull out the wire that holds the stopper in place. You can pull out the stopper and then put the wire and everything back and then use the drain cleaner. Or you can remove the u-bend of the pipe and clean it out then re-attach. Make sure you get all the hair that is caught on the stopper. I raised 3 daughters all with long hair(me too), so I learned how to do this long ago.

  7. Baking soda is cheap yet has many use. I did this using vinegar instead of lemon juice and it worked. Thanks for the post.

  8. I’m so proud of myself for unclogging my bathroom sink! Thanks for a great post.
    FYI – learn from my mistake – when removing that little bar that holds the stopper you leave a hole in the pipe. Plug this up (probably by putting the bar back after you get the stopper off) or you’ll have a puddle of water, vinegar, etc under your sink.

  9. Many years ago when water pipes were metal, a plumber told me to use old fashioned washing soda to clear drains and sweeten them.
    You put as much washing soda (which has the consistency of fine sand) down the drain hole to fill it. Follow with boiling water.
    I think most houses have PVC pipes for outlets these days so maybe use water that’s just off the boil.
    I still use washing soda and boiling water, never had a problem.

  10. Anthony Jauregui says:

    Yeah I agree the DIY method may have worked, but the plunger idea was most useful…..

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