How do I unclog drains using Dawn dish soap?
By chuckday from Orlando, FL
According to the instructions at ehow, you boil 3 or 4 tablespoons of Dawn in a pan of water, pour it slowly down the drain, let it sit 20-30 minutes, flush with hot water. The link also has 4 other ways to unclog a drain without using drain cleaner. (05/14/2009)
I read a different recipe. It said put Dawn in drain (a sizable amount, I guess), add a kettle of boiling water and leave alone overnight. You would want the "good" Dawn, not the early version. (05/22/2009)
Dawn has ammonia in it; that is why it will work for this, when other dishwashing liquids do not. Baking soda may also work, followed by hot water.
Drain cleaner is just a strong base; baking soda is a mild one. Ammonia, full strength is a medium strong base.
Adding vinegar or any acid such as CLR to any of these will produce bubbling (the stronger the base or the acid, the more violent the bubbling; which could be dangerous if both are strong.), but will ultimately neutralize the base (you will have salt water).
The bases combine with the grease (which is what drains are usually clogged with) and make soap, which is then flushed away with the hot water. (05/22/2009)
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