Here is my drain story. I have an older home. The laundry pipes do not support modern water pressure. They are too narrow. The outlet pipe on my clothes washer was constantly getting clogged. I bet I had the plumber out at least once or twice a year. I had him come out to do maintenance, then I had him enlarge the pipe behind the wash machine, thinking that would help. Finally, I remembered my mother had a big laundry tub for our outlet pipe and she put a nylon over it. That helped tremdously but still the pipe to the main line would start backing up. Then i read a Heloise column.

She wrote: “Don’t wait until the drain starts draining slowly.” Here is the recipe to keep the drains free-flowing.

Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of table salt mix it or just put it down the drain. Next grab some white or apple-cider vinegar and glug, glug away. It’ll fizz like crazy. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes . Repeat if necessary!

I’ve used bleach, I’ve used draino, I’ve used amonia. Nothing has worked like this. I went right out and bought 1 1/2 gallon jug of vinegar.

If you have a helpful hint, send it to me. I’ll share it on the next e-blast!


Have a bright day!



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