Top DIY Tips for Drain Unblocking – Blocked Drains?

We’re going to follow up on the great advice by giving you our top DIY drain cleaning solutions. And when we say “solutions,” we’re talking literally; these are all UK household items you can combine to create a mixture that should effectively dissolve drain clogs and blockages. Some drain unblocking tips you may have likely read about before, while others may come as a surprise to you. The one thing they all have in common? None of them contain toxic chemicals that can eat away at your plastic pipes, the way some of the over-the-counter liquid drainers do.

Keep reading for what you need to know about DIY drain cleaning, and for serious drain clogs you can’t get rid of on your own, you can always call Complete Drainage UK Services for fast and efficient drain cleaning.

The Best Homemade Drain Cleaners:

Baking Soda & Vinegar: Baking soda and vinegar have long been a classic for dissolving clogs of all kinds. While ratios may vary depending on the drain and clog in question, usually a half a cup of each should do the trick. Pour the baking soda down first, and then the vinegar, letting the mixture sit for about an hour. After that, pour about a gallon of boiling water down your drain to get rid of the clog. Repeat this process as necessary, and if it doesn’t work after a few times, consider calling a professional.

Baking Solda & Lemon Juice – Drain Unblocking

Baking Soda & Lemon Juice: While it is a commonly held belief in the plumbing industry that lemons and other fruits with rinds be left out of your kitchen sink and garbage disposal, a little baking soda with lemon juice can be a great way to get rid of a clog—while masking any lingering odors at the same time. Use the same ratio as above, again pouring the baking soda down first, waiting an hour, and flushing out the drain with hot water to complete the process.

Baking Soda & Salt – Blocked Drains

Baking Soda & Salt: To use baking soda and salt to clear a clog, mix half a cup of each together first, before pouring down your drain. You may need to let this mixture sit anywhere between a half an hour to a whole night, depending on how severe the clog is. Once you have let the mix do its job, flush the clog out by pouring a pot of hot water down the drain.

Salt, Laundry Detergent & Vinegar

Salt, Borax & Vinegar: Chances are you already have salt and vinegar lying around your house, though Borax is not as common. Fortunately, you can find this cleaning formula in almost any major grocery store. To use this product to get rid of a clog, pour 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup borax, and 1/4 cup vinegar down your drain. Finish off with the requisite boiling water, and run the tap to dissolve the remaining clog as necessary.

Hot Water, Fairy Liquid Soap

Hot Water & Dish Soap: We’ve mentioned hot water as an option in all of the above solutions, but if we just skipped to using hot water as the main component? For less severe clogs, you can often get away with squirting a bit of dish soap down your drain and then dumping in a gallon of hot water after it. Again, this usually only works for minor obstructions, but it’s definitely the easiest way to get rid of drain clogs, and may therefore at least be worth a try.

Slow Draining Water & Blocked Drains

Sometimes a blocked drain may not be caused through slow build-up of waste and hair follicles but the problem may be further down the pipeline or even outside your home on the main sewer or wastepipes. These issues are usually when you need aa professional drainage company such as Complete Drainage UK.


We can’t EVER stress enough to NEVER, EVER flush wet wipes or baby wipes down the toilet. The UK pipes are not suitable to get rid of these types of wipes as mosst are not bio-degradable and are seriosly dangerous for the environment. If you have been flushing them down the toilet then STOP immediately or sadly you will be having to call out drain repairs and drain services on a regular basis to rod and flush your ssewer pipes and water outlets.

No More Clogged Drains or Slow Draining Water

Don’t settle for clogged, slow drains anymore! If you cannot get rid of a blocked drain clog on your own, then call Complete Drainage UK Services and we will send one of expert drainage engineers to unblock that clog.

The Drain Unblockers: 07902 930035