At home or in your business, you’ll likely be faced with many instances when using a toxic chemical will seem like the only alternative. One of these circumstances is in clogged drains. People may immediately reach for a chemical drain opener and use it repeatedly to get things flowing again.

As this just happened in our office recently, we thought we’d post a video about how to open up a clog without using chemicals. While we were posting our video on YouTube, we found another useful video with another alternative.

These options will usually work, so it’s good to try them first before reaching for the noxious stuff. Total elapsed time of our video is about 3 and a half minutes. We cut out some of the middle part, just for time sake.


Here’s another alternative, using a garden hose…please note–these guys had a caveat on their YouTube channel that said it didn’t work once, and since they had walked away, it overflowed. So…don’t walk away while attempting this one. Keep your hand on the nozzle!

Photo courtesy of Craig1Black on Flickr Creative Commons

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Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride. Find Scott on

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