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How to Use Borax to Unclog a Drain

(6 votes, average 4.33 out of 5)
Written by Gypsiedream   

Borax, a natural mineral found in the laundry section of grocery stores, is used in place of harsher chemicals to unclog drains. Though there is some toxicity such as skin and respiratory irritations, borax is still thought to be safer than many chemical drain cleaners.

What you will need:

Borax powder

Step 1: Measure out 1 cup of borax powder.


Step 2: Pour the borax down the drain.


Step 3: Let sit for thirty minutes.


Step 4: Flush the drain with hot water.


Repeat once a month for drains that continue to clog.


In case of contact with skin, wash under running water immediately.

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DenaBolton said:

My husband, who has been a plumber for over 40 years, does not advise using any of the Liquid Plumber, Draino, etc. to unclog drains. Usually, he says, the blockage is on down in the line, which is why the drain continues to back up even after using this stuff. This, however, would probably be good for a temporary fix, and I still gave you 5*.
April 14, 2010
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I had no idea you could use borax for this, nice to know. I always have some on hand because it also is great for driving ants away from your property. I just sprinkle a little bit where the ants come and go and it kills them off. Works every time. Now I have another use for it, thanks.
April 30, 2010
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