If your drains have gotten a little sluggish lately, it might be due to a build-up of gunk and other debris. Everything you flush out of your house – whether through the toilets, sinks or tubs – flows through your drain pipes. That means that small particles of hair, food, oils and even fecal matter, gets deposits along the sides of those drains.

Once there's enough gunk built-up, your drains will stop flowing. When that happens, you're going to be left with clogged drains and costly repairs. To keep your drains flowing freely, you should have them cleaned professionally at least once a year. In addition to the professional care, there are a few things you can do that will keep your drains clean and clog-free. Take a look at these helpful hints.

Try a Shower Chaser

Have you ever removed the drain plug from your shower? If you have, you've probably noticed that it's covered in hair and other oily debris. That debris is going to clog your drains if it's left there. You can prevent the build-up of gunk and hair by taking a few minutes after you leave the tub to clean the drains.

When you're done showering or bathing, pour ¾-cup of chlorine bleach down the drain. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes and then flush the drain with hot water. The bleach and hot water will dissolve the gunk and flush the drain. For best results, use bleach once a day to prevent build-up.

Sprinkle Some Soda

Rotting food that's left in the drains can lead to kitchen clogs. It can also lead to some foul odors coming up through the drains. You can reduce the kitchen clogs and leave your drains smelling fresh by using a natural drain cleaner. This cleaner uses ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Supplies You'll Need

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • ½ cup of table salt
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice


  1. Pour the baking soda and salt down your drain and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the lemon juice and leave the mixture in your drain for another 10 minutes.
  3. Flush your drain with hot water for several minutes.
  4. Repeat this process once a week to keep your drains clean.

Flush the Salt

You clean your toilets with a brush, but that doesn't get the drain pipe cleaned. Unfortunately, that means you probably have fecal matter coating your drains. You can prevent fecal matter build-up by flushing a handful of rock salt once a week. The rock salt will dissolve the solid waste that's stuck inside the drains.

Few things are as much of a nuisance as clogged drains. You can keep your drains clean and avoid clogs by following the tips provided above. Call a drain cleaning company like Rapid Rooter Inc for more drain care questions.