Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Drain-O? Drain-Whoa!

We all rembember from making that volcano in elementary school that baking soda + vinegar = a frothy explosion.

You can put this oozing wonder to work on your clogged drains. Just unscrew the stopper if applicable and remove any hair or other nasty trappings that are right on the surface. Then shake baking soda into the drain. You may need to pack it in with your fingers. Then pour in the vinegar. Let sit for several minutes while the magic happens.

(I recommend skipping the lava red food coloring. This can have an adverse effect on your porcelain ;))


T.J. and Jen said...

Nice photo! My husband made me a paper mache volcano complete w/ lava flow for our first anniversary, lit candles around it in the shape of a heart, and played "Ring of fire". (1st anniversary = paper).

I think it has better use in the tub, though it was very romantic. ;)

ps. my gift, written on paper, flowed out of the volcano in a container on the stream of lava.

T.J. and Jen said...

Oh, and here is a funny story:

Mary Hunt (Debt Free Living) has a funny story about emptying a large bottle of vinegar down the sink and flushing a huge box of baking soda down the toilet in a hotel. (She was appearing on a morning news show the next day talking about frugal cleaners and didn't want to haul the full containers to the set.) There was an explosion in her bathroom and a Gosh-Awful smell. Apparently, there was a blockage in the system that the hotel couldn't fix and her unintentional doctoring did the trick.