Living in an apartment, there are some things we deal with differently than we would if we were living in a house. For example, two summers ago we had to wait for the buildings plumber to fix a leak in the wall for a few months. The end result was that something we would have fixed quickly and easily ourselves had we owned our home took a bagillion times longer to fix and turned into a much larger problem in the end. We basically play a game of chicken with the management company whenever there is a problem.
This week, it’s our bathroom again. The sink and the tub have been draining so slowly, it’s getting downright gross. I kept telling myself I needed to get out to the store to buy some drain cleaner, but well, this happened:
Finally, it dawned on me that I wasn’t going to be getting to the store any time soon, so I started trying to figure out how else I could take care of the clogs. I remembered having heard something about using Borax for it so I went a-searching. I found this on Make It from Scratch: “Homemade Drain Cleaner“. There were two versions, one involving Borax and the other using baking soda. Since I used most of my baking soda making pretzels last week, I opted for the Borax. It was a good choice.
Basically, you pour a half a cup of Borax down the drain, leave it for a few minutes, and then pour one cup of boiling water down after it. It’s that simple. Now, my sink was really, really, really clogged, so I ended up using a second cup of boiling water, but that was it. The clog is gone, there’s no smell (either from the clog or from harsh chemicals or vinegar) and since I already had the Borax on hand, it was essentially free. Score!
Once I realized how well it worked on the sink, I tried it on the tub. Same results. Excellent.
So, next time your drain is giving you a hassle, don’t rush right out for the foaming pipe python plumber of doom in a bottle. Just grab some Borax. It’ll work, trust me.