Monday Mantra #11 – Unclog Your Drain!

This is going to be a random blog post.

By random, I mean the entire thing is going to revolve around clogged drains. And not just the ones in your bathroom.

Until today, I never thought of a clogged drain as anything more than a hairy, gooey plumbing problem. Yet when I sat down to write a blog post about home clog remedies, I realized that same post could double as a Monday Mantra. Clogs don’t just happen in sinks and bathtubs – they happen in your mind, too. But first, let’s talk about the clogged drains that physically exist in your home.

Between me shedding like a dog and Lawrence shaving his facial hair, something was born in our sink 9 months after we moved in and it wasn’t a baby – it was a clogged drain. Lawrence has read horror stories about how Drano erodes pipes so I hit the interwebz looking for a harmless home remedy for the disgusting ball of junk that is causing our sink to drain slower than a New Jersey traffic jam. That is when I found *drum roll please* Crunchy Betty’s Baking Soda and Vinegar solution! It involves just three basic ingredients that I bet you already have in your kitchen: water, vinegar and baking soda. Check out the instructions below:

  1. Pour a pot of boiling hot water down your drain. (I used two cups.)

  2. Dump in about 1/2 cup baking soda. Let that sit for a few minutes.

  3. Then, pour a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup very hot water down on top of the baking soda.

  4. Cover with a drain plug if you have one and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. (Note: I didn’t need to do this because somehow everything magically drained within about 30 seconds. Huzzah!)

  5. Flush one more time with a pot of boiling water. (Again, I used two cups.)

So, how did this easy-as-can-be home remedy go for me? Well, to begin with, it was fun and brought images of erupting volcano science projects to mind. And it turns out mixing these ingredients not only warrants a crazy cool chemical reaction, it really works! Like I said in the instructions, within 30 or so seconds our drain … well, it drained. Something about the crazy bubbling, fizzing action was so very satisfying, too. I felt like I was really tearin’ sh!t up.

Now, on to those mental clogged drains … it’s time for Monday Mantra #11!

A.A. Milne(1)

Your mind is like a drain: To let new things in, you need to unclog and say goodbye to old things that no longer serve you. Don’t cling to the gross, gooey, hairy gunk of the past; embrace the new things that are flowing around you. And most importantly, don’t use whatever the mental equivalent of Drano is! – Me


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