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Here's a cheap, eco-friendly fix for a slow-moving drain

There's nothing worse than a slow-moving drain, amirite? Not just because it instantly creates an oily, icky watery mess, but it also raises the question: Who is going to fix this and am I going to see something I really, really don't want to see? (Cue visions of sopping wet hairballs running through our heads).

Let's face it — between the dirt, gunk and soap that swirls down our sink drains daily, the pipes are bound to suffer and, at times, start acting a bit sluggish. Thankfully, we've found an effective remedy that requires nothing more than hot water, baking soda and white vinegar. What's more, this quick fix may save you from placing an SOS call to a plumber, and costs a lot less, too.

Here's how to unclog a slow-moving drain without calling a plumber:

Step 1: Boil a kettle of water.

Once that puppy is whistling, pour your pot of boiling water down the drain. (If your home is archaic, try using very hot water to start, as boiling water can be hard on old pipes.)

Step 2: Grab the baking soda.

Put 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain and let it sit for a few minutes.

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Step 3: Add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of very hot water.

Pour this liquid mixture on top of the baking soda that's in the sink. This will loosen and flush away any grimy sludge.

Step 4: Cover the drain with a plug and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Don't forget to set the timer!

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Step 5. Boil one more kettle of water.

Pour this second pot of boiling water in the sink to rinse everything away. And you're done!

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