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Can Hydrogen Peroxide Clear Drain Clogs?

Hydrogen peroxide has multiple uses — it can be an antiseptic, oxidizer bleaching agent and more. You will find this affordable chemical compound in most drugstores and grocery stores in different concentrations. Did you know you can also use it to unclog a clogged drain?

Clogged drains are unpleasant and can smell bad. Hydrogen peroxide may already be in your medicine cabinet, and it is gentle enough to use in your pipes. If you notice your sink draining sluggishly, you can reach for a bottle of hydrogen peroxide instead of a more expensive chemical drain cleaner.

Using Hydrogen Peroxide on a Clogged Drain

Hydrogen peroxide dissolves organic matter to loosen and flush away debris such as skin cells. It also disinfects the drain as it works by reducing germs inside your pipes and making your sinks smell fresh and clean.

To use hydrogen peroxide on a clogged drain, look for a 3% hydrogen peroxide formula. You can try pouring some down the drain directly, but for more effective drain clearing, follow these steps:

  1. Sprinkle about one cup of baking soda down the clogged drain and wait for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour one cup of hydrogen peroxide down the drain and wait for the foaming to stop.
  3. Avoid using the drain for a few hours, if possible.
  4. Pour hot water down the drain to flush the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and debris away.
  5. Repeat the process if the drain is still clogged.

The hydrogen peroxide and baking soda combination loosens organic debris in the drain so you can wash it away. You can use this technique every few weeks to deodorize and prevent clogged drains.

Get Professional Service When You Need It

Hydrogen peroxide effectively clears clogged drains caused by hair, skin and more. If a solid object is in your drain, the drain is heavily clogged or there is a serious plumbing issue, you will want to contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse.

We are certified by Onondaga County to diagnose and resolve any plumbing issue within your home. Whether you have a clogged drain or any possible plumbing issue, the licensed plumbers from Mr. Rooter Plumbing can offer courteous, effective help. Contact us today to learn more about our services.