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The Secret Plumbers’ Trick To Keeping Your Drains Clear

One of the biggest keys to keeping drains clear is to reduce the amount of greasy gunk clinging to the insides of your pipes. Greasy buildup can trap other gunk moving down the drain, and can eventually create a stubborn clog that you’ll have to deal with. But there’s a simple way to eliminate greasy buildup, and you already have it at your disposal—dish soap! I always recommend using Dawn dish soap because of its effectiveness against grease, but you can use whichever one you happen to have on hand.

Here’s how you can do it at home.

  • Dish soap

  • Drain stopper

  1. Start by pouring a good amount of dish soap (a few tablespoons or so) into the drain and let it sit for a few minutes.

  2. Put the drain stopper into the drain, then fill the basin with cold tap water.

  3. Remove the drain stopper to drain the water, which will whisk away the loosened grease and grime!

You can use this method on kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, bathtubs, showers, and even toilets! If you’re dealing with a particularly greasy drain like your kitchen sink, try using hot water instead of cold.

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