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It happens. Now all that’s left to do is to come up with a solution. Clogged drains are one of the most common household problems and common problems mean an array of ways to combat them. But, are the most common solutions always the best? You can be the judge of that!

The first thing you probably think of when it comes to fixing a clogged drain is drain cleaner on the shelf that you find at just about every retail store. There are three kinds of drain cleaners–caustic, oxidizing and acid–and they all use strong chemicals that when entering your home are the most hazardous material in your residence. Is this the best solution?

There are also “alternatives” to the usual chemicals found on shelves. In fact, you can find these a few aisles over in the food section. If you’re into using a more “green” approach check this solution out:

  • Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain. Then pour half a cup of vinegar. Wait 15 minutes, and then pour in hot tap water.
  • Mix equal parts salt, vinegar, and baking soda. Pour into the drain. Wait one hour, and then pour in hot water.
  • Mix half a cup of salt and half a cup of baking soda, sprinkle it into the drain and then flush with hot water.