by Rachel Vega, Angie’s List contributor

Whether in your toilet, sink or bathtub, a clogged drain slows down more than just your dirty water. It can bring your whole day to a halt.

Here are some tips to help you remove current clogs and prevent them from forming in the future.

Home remedies for a clogged drain
Although stores sell many chemicals to clear your drain, these products are harsh and can cause damage to the pipes. Many times these products simply move the clog further down, which can cause a larger backup later on.

When faced with a clog, try these home remedies first:

  1. Pour boiling water down the drain. Add salt to help break up the clog.
  2. Pour baking soda and vinegar into the drain together. Allow the combination to foam for a few minutes and follow up with boiling water.
  3. Try a closet auger, which is a smaller type of drain snake. It’s a long, thin tube, often with a hook or bristles at one end. Feed it into the drain. Hopefully, the hooked or bristled end will grab and remove the clog.
  4. Use the correct type of plunger for the job. If you don’t have standing water in the sink or tub, add some to help the plunger get better suction.

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