Can baking soda and vinegar unblock a drain? Experts respond to TikTok hack

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If you've spent any time scrolling on social media recently, you'll likely have come across videos of cleaning influencers using an 'all natural' solution of baking soda and vinegar to unblock their drains. 

But without seeing the results for themselves many viewers are left scratching their heads as to whether or not this hack actually works. Is this home remedy the answer to your drainage issues or is it a better idea to reach for a plunger?  

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Steve Harris

Steve Harris is a Technical Support Engineer for Wavin UK – the UK's leading manufacturer and supplier of plastic drainage piping solutions for above and below ground projects. 

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Peter Clayton

Peter is Owner and Managing Director of Trade Plumbing, a leading online plumbing and heating retailer that supplies quality plumbing supplies to both the public and tradespeople.

Gabriella Dyson
Assistant Editor

Gabriella is Homebuilding & Renovating's Assistant Editor. She is a DIY enthusiast and a lover of all things interior design. She’s spent the past decade crafting copy for regional publications, award-winning architects, and leading UK homeware brands. 

She has a particular passion for historic buildings and listed properties, and she is currently in the process of renovating a Grade II-listed Victorian coach house in the West Country. At Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, Gabriella is responsible for curating the magazine's home case studies and regularly contributes to the Homebuilding website.