I have found an easy, non-toxic alternative to drain-o for unclogging drains. Simply put some baking soda in the drain, actually in the pipes, and than pour white vinegar on the baking soda. depending on how much baking soda you put in the drain you can simply keep pouring the white vinegar in a little at a time.
That method works pretty well on build up on the sides of the drains. I do it in my vanity drains to remove the gunk that collects on the pipes. I've never actually had a clogged trap, it is always stuff on the vertical parts of the drain.
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It can work, sometimes, on clogged drains, but not always. I used it on a kitchen sink and it helped nominally. But I always follow a baking soda and vinegar application with hot water; that's what the original advice I found online recommended, and it makes sense to me.
I've also found that liquid Tide helps clear drains as well.This message has been edited. Last edited by: GardenSprite,
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