Having a clogged drain is a big pain. One minute you are happily taking a bath and the next, your bathwater refuses to go down the drain. One minute you are finishing a sink full of dishes and the next, your dirty dishwater will not budge.

Your first instinct may be to run right out and buy the first drain cleaner you can find. Think again. There are other ways you can rid your drain of a clog. You can try a natural DIY drain cleaner.

Baking soda and cider vinegar – this mixture of one cup of baking soda and one cup of cider vinegar will create a foaming action that is great for cleaning drains. Add the mixture to the clogged drain and follow with plenty of hot water. You can utilize this mixture for regular maintenance of your drains to keep the water flowing.

Vinegar, salt and borax – ½ cup of vinegar, ¼ cup of salt and ¼ cup of borax added to a drain and followed by plenty of hot water can remove clogs. This particular mixture may take a bit longer to work, but if you are patient, you will soon have a clean drain.

Baking soda and lemon juice – one cup of baking soda and one cup of lemon juice will create a foaming action, much like baking soda and vinegar. Do not forget to follow with hot water. This particular mixture may cost a bit more for the lemon juice, but it will clean your drains. You can also use this mixture on a regular basis to make your drains smell fresh and clean.

Boiling water – many kitchen clogs develop due to grease in the drain. While you should try to avoid putting grease down the drain, if your kitchen sink does clog, try pouring boiling water down the drain. The boiling water will liquefy the grease clog and flush the grease out of the pipes.