Blocked Drain with a septic system

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Since we live out in the country, we have a septic system instead of a sewer system. Since I have never lived in a rural area before in the US, this is a little different for me. Growing up on a farm in South Africa we did have a septic system but they functioned a little differently.

Anyhow, unfortunetly our kitchen drain has been acting up on the one side of the double sink. Foul smells emerging, water not flowing down…..something had to be done. Usually we would purchase the drain declogger liquids at the grocery store but since all my drains now lead to the septic system, this was no longer an option. I had to resort to good old natural products.

The products I used:

Baking soda (click to purchase online)



Try this:

Place boiling water down the drain. Follow it with a cup of baking soda and let it sit a few minutes. Dilute equal parts vinegar and hot water together and throw down the drain. Watch it bubble. Have your drain stopper close by just in case. When most of the reaction has subsided, throw hot water down again as a rinse. Since my drain was quite clogged, I followed this process twice and finally used a plunger too. I also did a few extra rinses with water just to be sure it was all rinsed out.

Now I have no more bad smells coming from that drain anymore. I can imagine that this metod will work with minor clogging issues and may not tackle the big clogs but it is worth a try.  Not only is this an inexpensive way to keep my drain clean, but I am using natural products too. I will be using this method as my standard ongoing maintenance procedure to avoid clogged drains in the future.

I use vinegar and baking soda in so many other ways too; cleaning my shower, toilet, countertops and moldy closets to name a few. Let me know if you have similar uses for baking soda and vinegar.

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