There you are, wet and soapy as you shower away the grime of the day. It’s a luxurious, purifying feeling. But just as you’re unwinding, you feel something lapping at your ankles – dirty water with a soap scum-slick across the top is pooling around your feet. Eek!

Don’t reach for industrial chemical drain cleaners that can damage your pipes and pollute our water. Try this non-toxic recipe from to reclaim your pristine shower space:

You will need:

2 cups baking soda

4 cups boiling water

1 cup vinegar

Remove all water from the tub and pour about 1 cup of baking soda down the drain. Make sure that baking soda makes it down the drain.

Next, pour 2 cups of boiling water down the drain. The baking soda mixed with boiling water dissolves the sludge and gunk in the pipe, even if you don’t see it happening. Wait a few minutes.

Now, pour another cup baking soda down the drain then add 1 cup of white vinegar and plug the drain immediately. You’ll hear sizzling coming up from the drain and see bubbles foaming up.

When the bubbles have died down, add the remaining boiling water down the drain.

Repeat this process if necessary.

How does it work?

Baking soda is a base and when combined with vinegar, an acid, reacts to form carbon dioxide and sodium acetate. This presents as the bubbles scrubbing the drain’s insides. Remember the volcano you built in science class back in school?  Instead of rising up and out, as with the volcano, it is sent down into the drain dissolving the gunk. These natural, non-toxic ingredients get flushed farther down ensuring a clog-free drain.

A monthly treatment helps prevent future clogs and ensures eek!-free showering everyday.

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