Clogged Drain? Try This Drano Alternative

You’ve seen the commercials for the goopy formula that miraculously dissolves gunky clogs, leaving the pipe sparkling like new. But what the ads don’t show you is the corrosion that chemical drain cleaners cause. The very same chemical reaction that loosens buildup also eats away at the interior of your drain. That’s bad!

There’s a better way to clean your drains, and it doesn’t involve harsh chemicals.

Why You Should Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

Drano and similar products are marketed as a convenient way to bust up tough clogs. Chemical drain cleaners include ingredients such as bleach, sodium hydroxide, salt, and sodium nitrate to dissolve the organic matter that’s stopping up your drain -- food, grease, hair, soap scum, etc. However, this strong chemical reaction can harm your pipes. We’re talking about corrosion! Drano is an absolute no-go, especially if you have older pipes.

These products also pose a serious health hazard -- just take a look at the health and safety warnings on the bottle. If mishandled, chemical drain cleaners could lead to skin irritation, respiratory issues, vomiting, and vision problems. That’s why the Environmental Working Group gave Drano Clog Remover an F rating in its healthy cleaning guide.

So, what should you use instead?

Break Up Clogs Naturally With Vinegar and Baking Soda

It’s simple science: Distilled white vinegar is acidic. Baking soda is mildly alkaline. When these two collide, they produce a fuzzy chemical reaction that can be just as effective on clogs as the store-bought variety, minus the corrosive ingredients.

Here’s how to create a vinegar and baking soda cleaner.


  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • ½ cup of white distilled vinegar
  • 1 gallon of boiling water


  • Pour baking soda down the drain. You may have to stuff it down the drain somehow.
  • Pour in half of the vinegar and quickly plug the drain to contain the resulting fizz.
  • Listen for the fizzing to stop, then pour the remaining amount of vinegar down the drain.
  • Cover it again for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Slowly pour boiling water down the drain.

You may have to repeat the process several times, especially if it’s a really tough clog.

Turn to Your Friendly Marietta Area Plumbers

There are certain clogs that no amount of vinegar and baking soda will clear. Tree roots or compacted grease will require a professional drain cleaning. To get your drains flowing again, contact the experts at Plumb Doctor. To schedule your appointment, call (770) 293-7080.