The only Drano® product recommended for use in a slow toilet is Drano® Max Build-Up Remover. When used according to label directions, the microorganisms in this product will break down toilet paper and organic matter in pipes, which can slow water flow. (This product will NOT open a completely clogged toilet.)
Why should you not put Drano down the toilet?
Drano uses caustic or oxidizing chemicals (like lye) to dissolve whatever is clogging a drain. The chemical reaction between the clog and Drano creates heat. Now, Drano does not clear a clog instantly. It's going to sit in the toilet (or farther down the pipes, depending where the clog is) until the clog dissolves.
Pour 1 cup baking soda and 2 cups vinegar into the toilet.
- If you don't have baking soda and vinegar on hand, try adding a few squirts of dish soap to the toilet bowl. The soap may help to loosen the clog.
- This method isn't likely to work for clogs caused by a hard obstruction, such as a toy.
There is only one Drano® product recommended for use in slow-running toilets: Drano® Max Build-Up Remover. It contains microorganisms that break down organic matter in pipes that can slow water flow. (However, it will not open a completely clogged toilet. For that problem, see How to Unclog a Toilet.)
Pour a healthy amount of liquid soap into your toilet bowl, about half a cup. The soap is denser and heavier than water and should drop to the bottom of the bowl. Let the liquid dish soap sit in the bowl for 20-30 minutes.
The thick bleach formula in Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover cuts right through standing water, clinging to your toughest clogs to blast them fast. It works great to remove hair, soap scum, and other gunky clogs.
1) Into a clogged toilet filled with standing water, dump 1 cup of baking soda. Let it sink to the bottom. 2) If the toilet doesn't have much water, add 1 gallon of boiling water to really get things moving. 3) Next, add 2 cups of vinegar slowly, so it won't fizz over onto your floor.
Pour white vinegar or lemon juice on the affected area to neutralize the Drano. Vinegar and lemon juice neutralize odors and will prevent any remaining traces of the Drano from eating through the affected surface.
Use a funnel if you have to! Next slowly pour in the lemon juice, and also vinegar works just as good! The lemon juice will cause a reaction with the baking soda and this will result in some fizzing and bubbling action. Cover the drain with a cloth, or tub stopper so that the baking soda can work.
Bleach Clog Removal. Pour 2 to 3 cups (0.5 to 0.7l) of household bleach into the toilet bowl. Use this method in place of the dish soap method, if your toilet is very full or you fear a serious clog.
Cleaning agents like Drano contain lye and other highly toxic materials. The active ingredients in Drano can cause serious, life-threatening symptoms in a very short time, when a person is exposed to the cleaner. Eyes and skin can be severely burned if Drano comes into contact with them.
How it works: When Drano is poured down a drain, several chemical reactions happen at the same time. Drano's main ingredient is sodium hydroxide, commonly known as lye, a substance that decomposes most organic matter. Tap water, too, reacts with the lye to produce more heat, softening deposits lining a dirty drain.
Give a few good up and down strokes with the plunger and flush the toilet. If the water clears from the toilet, then you've successfully unclogged it. If the toilet starts overflowing again, just close the flapper to stop water from entering the bowl. Repeat the plunge and flush sequence until your clog is gone.
8 Ways to Unclog a Shower Drain
- Pour boiling water down the drain.
- Try using a plunger.
- Use baking soda and vinegar (the natural alternative to chemicals)!
- Take the drain cover off and pull out the clog by hand.
- Use a hook.
- Use a plumbers' snake (also sometimes called a "toilet jack" or an "electric eel").
Baking Soda and Vinegar. Baking soda and vinegar are two of the most useful common household products that can be used to clean many things, including hard water stains in the toilet. Pour about a cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and swish it around with a toilet brush. Then, try scrubbing away any remaining stains.
The pH level is a number scale that identifies whether or not something is neutral, acidic or alkaline. A strong acid, like hydrochloric acid, measures 0 to 1. Products like bleach, lye and Drano are on the alkaline side of the scale. Drano registers at 11, which translates to 10,000 times higher than normal.
Yes. Lab tests confirm that all Liquid-Plumr® products are safe for all household plumbing. However, we do not recommend using clog removers in rubber pipes. The products may damage rubber.
It's time to say “never again” to kitchen sink clogs. Finally, try Drano® Dual-Force® Foamer Clog Remover if your sink has a garbage disposal—it pours through standing water and attacks clogs directly at the source. Remember to use Drano® Professional Strength Crystals Clog Remover if the sink does not have a disposal.
- OPEN. Carefully push down on childproof cap with palm of hand and turn cap counterclockwise. Don't squeeze bottle or splash product.
- POUR. For use on clogged or slow-running drains, pour half of the bottle (32 oz. size) slowly over drain.
- WAIT. Allow to work for 15 minutes.
- FLUSH. Flush with hot water.
- CLEAR. Remove any standing water.
- POUR. Pour one heaping tablespoon (30 grams) of Drano® Crystals into drainpipe.
- ADD WATER. Immediately add one cup of cold water to drain (if water boils out of drain, add another cup of cold water).
- WAIT. Allow the product to work for 15 minutes.
Crystal Drano. According to the National Institutes of Health's Household Products Database, the crystal form is composed of: Sodium hydroxide (lye), NaOH. Sodium nitrate, NaNO.
10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains
- The Bent Wire Hanger. Simple enough, but surprisingly effective.
- Baking Soda and Vinegar. Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup.
- The Wet & Dry Vacuum.
- Boiling Water.
- Caustic Soda.
- Cleaning the Pipe.
- The Drain Snake.
- Salt and Baking Soda.