02 March 2010

You don't need Mr Muscle!

I have just seen an ad on TV for Mr Muscle drain cleaner. Guaranteed to clear blocked drains and leave them sparkling clean and draining freely.

If you have seen or see the ad, don't rush out and buy it. You don't need to. Most likely you already have everything you need to clear a blocked drain and keep them draining nicely without having to buy a bottle of something.

Flush the drain regularly to keep it clean and clear of gunk

To help dissolve scum and hair in sluggish bathroom basin and bath drains, pour a mixture of 1-cup salt, 1-cup bicarb soda and ½ cup white vinegar into the drain. Then let stand for 15 minutes and flush with 4 litres boiling water followed by flushing hot tap water down the drain for 1 minute. You can repeat this process if necessary. Hint: Salt will keep small roots from taking up residence in your pipes.  (This tip is in the Tip Store and my book.) 

Much easier and safer than pouring a chemical down the drain.

I do this once a month in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. The drains never block or become sluggish and they don't smell horrible either.


  1. Thank you for this great tip as my drains smell dreadful especially in Summer - from Maureen

  2. That's interesting about the salt Cath, I will add that next time.

    Thank you,



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