Do it Yourself Laundry Detergent

Since conventional laundry detergent is loaded with phenols, allergenic fragrances, and more people everywhere are turning to homemade cleaning products to risk harsh chemicals and toxins being exposed to their families. Do it yourself products are the first step in transitioning into natural living. Are you ready to make the transition?

Making your own laundry detergent is cheap, easy, and fun. You can make either liquid or powder detergent. And you can even make your own scent. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your own laundry detergent. That’s the fun of do it yourself projects. 

Base Ingredients: 

Do it Yourself Powder Laundry Soap

  • Step 1: Grate one Fels-Naptha bar with a cheese grater or food processor until finely ground.  
  • Step 2: In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of washing soda with 1 cup Borax. Add in 1 part of your grated soap. Then you can add in scent boosters or essential oils to enhance your detergent.
  • Step 3: Store in a closed container like half gallon mason jars

Note: Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

Do it Yourself Liquid Laundry Soap

  • Step 1: Grate one bar of Fels-Naptha with a cheese grater or food processor until finely ground.
  • Step 2: Place grated soap in a pan with 2 quarts water. Gradually heat and stir constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
  • Step 3: Take 4.5 gallons of hot water and place it in a 5-gallon bucket. Then stir in 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda. Stir until completely dissolved.
  • Step 4: Add soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket stirring well.
  • Step 5: Cover and let sit overnight.
  • Step 6: The next morning you can stir your mixture until it’s smooth and then pour it into a gallon jug or another container of your choosing.

Note: Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

Pro Tip: When you stir your mixture in the morning try adding your favorite essential oils for a greatly scented detergent. You don’t want to add the oils until after you’ve boiled the mixture so the scent doesn’t dissolve away.
Have you done this before? Do you have another great recipe for making your own laundry detergent? That’s great! Let us know and you could be featured in our next blog post! We are always looking for new and innovative ideas for the home to write about that include DIY, green cleaning, fun how-to’s, and home organization.

Decorating With Hooks

Looking for a new creative way to decorate your house? Try decorating with hooks. Wall hooks are both a decorative and creative way to let your innovation shine. There are many different kinds of hooks you can decorate with. From custom wall hooks to wall mount hooks, and even DIY hooks. There’s a hook for everyone.

When it comes to decorating with hooks there are no rules. There isn’t a guide or a syllabus telling you how to do it. You can do whatever you’d like however you’d like. But you do want to make sure it makes sense. You don’t just want to hang some hooks on the wall and call it a day. 

Style

When attempting to decorate with hooks you want to make sure that you get some that will compliment your overall personal style. For example, are are you more of a Victorian Mediterranean or are you a modern day hippie? Your style makes all the difference.

If you don’t know what your personal style is yet that’s ok. Take some time to figure it out. This is an important aspect of being a homeowner. Your home is your haven so you want it to look and feel as good as you feel owning it. Once you’ve got your style down then you can move onto finding some awesome hooks to decorate with.

Display

When it comes to displaying decor in your home you want things to be perfect. You want your guest to notice the decor. And most of all you want it to look appealing. The bottom line here is that your display is important.

Imagine walking into someone’s home and seeing a bunch of random hooks on the wall and having no idea what they are there for.  In this particular scenario, the hooks are all different colors and they aren’t evenly lined up properly. You’re probably thinking to yourself, what were these people thinking? 

To avoid being one of those people, do your research. Try searching on Pinterest for ideas and ultimately coming up with your own from the inspiration. Once you know what you want to do you can get to hanging!

Here are a few examples of what you can do with hooks in your home:
  • Display coffee cups
  • Organize your jewelry
  • Organize belts and other accessories
  • Hang flower baskets
  • Hang your high heels
  • Make a towel rack

Command Hooks

When it comes to hanging pictures and artwork around your house, consider using command utility hooks. These aren’t decorative hooks but they’re used to decorate with. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and they prevent you from having to put a hole in your wall.

Aside from hanging pictures, you can use them to decorate for any occasions. These hooks are great for hanging party supplies and decorating for the holidays. And if you need to take them down for any reason it’s easy, you just pull the adhesive tab that hangs underneath it and it just pops right off. It doesn’t get any easier than that I tell ya.

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Innovative Ways to Recycle Unused Washers, Dryers, and Ironing Boards

Recycle Unused Washers, Dryers, and Ironing boards

Landfills everywhere are completely overflown with more than just trash. They are filled with our used things that could easily be restored into something else. Like your laundry equipment for example. If we could help it, why not take those things and instead of throwing them in the garbage or the scrap yard, put them to good use?

Although you can do this with many household items today we are going to talk about the ones in your laundry room. Washers, dryers, and ironing boards specifically. There is no need to discard these items when you’re finished with them you can simply reuse them for your benefit. 

Dryer

Broken dryers can be taken apart and recycled into something that may be more useful to you. This could be a vintage decorative piece of decor or a place for storage. And once you’re done with the pieces you need you can take the rest to the scrap yard for a little play money!

  • Make the kids a toy chest: If your dryer has a plastic drum it’s the perfect piece for a toy chest. After removing the drum you can paint it any color. Then place it outside for any outdoor toys. Rinse it with a hose and the water to drain away dirt keeping outside toys neat and clean.

Iron and Ironing Board

Have an old ironing board in your laundry room that’s just gathering up the dust mites? Put it to good use elsewhere in your home by crafting it into something useful. You can use ironing boards for many different things around the home including:

  • A memo board: If you haven’t yet read our piece on how to make a memo board, head over there now. Using an old or unused ironing board you can make a cool memo board for your home office.

  • A folding table: This one may seem pretty obvious, but you probably haven’t thought about it.  Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for! If you need a little extra space for a party just pop out the ironing board and cover it with a tablecloth. You can use it to place food, napkins, and silverware.

  • Decor: By spray painting an old metal ironing board you can make a fantastic statement piece. Use it in your office, in the living room, or in a guest room. With this DIY project, you can do anything you want. The sky’s the limit!

Washing Machine

Top loading washing machines are a thing of the past. But before you have it hauled off to the dump try taking a different approach. Old top loaders have metal, a stainless steel drum, assorted switches and solenoid valves, a motor, a water pump, wires, nuts, bolts, screws, brackets and more. If you put your craft hat on you can turn your trash into treasure. When you’re finished you can take the leftover parts to the scrap yard to make some extra money.

Here are some innovative ways to use parts from your old washer:

  • Build a fire pit: Use the metal drum from your washer to create a small patio fire pit. The metal drum can be placed on fire bricks or stones to lift it off the ground. The fire will stay contained and hold enough wood to create a very warming fire. The holes in the drum help create great airflow so the fire will ignite quickly and burn brightly. The drum is also light enough to move around. It’s easy to empty ashes from this fire pit. And it’s easy to rinse out for a smooth transport.

  • Make a pot: If you don’t want or need to make a fire pit that same metal drum is perfect for a container garden. You can spray paint the drum to create the look that you want. Fill the bottom with vermiculite or mulch to keep it light and then add potting soil. The drum has drainage hole already built-in so you can plant right away. Consider adding a decorative trellis if you want to grow vines or plants that need some added support.

  • Have a seat: Create a very study ottoman for your living room by padding the plywood with polyester batting and cover with upholstery fabric or leather. You can spray paint the drum to fit your own personal style. And then cover the entire drum with fabric. It’s the ultimate vintage living room decor.

Lastly…

What did you use your old laundry equipment for? Let me know by dropping a comment below!

Note: Before using the drum, check to make sure it’s metal. Some drums are plastic. And you shouldn’t use a plastic drum to make a fire pit or an ottoman.

Airbnb – Hire a Cleaner or DIY?

Should you hire a cleaner or DIY?

The ultimate question for Airbnb rental host around the globe. Should you hire a cleaning service or clean your Airbnb yourself? Forget about managing bookings, connecting with guests, and marketing caring for an Airbnb rental is a full-time job all on its own.

When it comes to caring for your rental, you have one of two options. You can clean the vacation rental yourself or you can hire someone to do it for you. Of course, there are some obvious differences so today we are going to talk about them.

Do the cleaning yourself

Cleaning your Airbnb by yourself is a way for you to ensure that everything is done perfectly to your liking. As perfect as perfect can get anyways. It’s a way for you to take control over the situation which also helps you take control over your overall guest experience.

It also helps you save money. By cleaning your rental by yourself you don’t have to dip into your earrings in order to provide a good customer experience. The more you clean, the more you save. Now, that’s a motto to live by. But just because you clean your rental doesn’t mean you should skip out on occasional deep cleanings from a cleaning company.

So although you may clean on a regular basis it’s crucial that you allow a cleaning service to come in monthly or bi-monthly to do a deep cleaning on your rental space.  

Hire a cleaning service

Hiring a cleaning service allows you to devote more time to focus on your rental business. With this option you are able to automate your cleanings weekly, daily, monthly, or after each guest departs. Automated cleaning services provide you with an easy to use online platform so that you can schedule cleanings, read and leave notes for your cleaner, check inventory, and more.

Aside from automated services, hiring a cleaning company provides you with the freedom to focus on other priorities. While they’re taking care of your rental, you can be running errands, paying bills, or enjoying that free time you never get. This option is best for people looking to delegate some of their daily and weekly chores. It’s also super convenient for those who simply don’t have the time.

You can also save money by hiring a cleaning service. Now you’re probably thinking, you said I could save money by not hiring a cleaning service. And you would be right, I did say that. You can save money both ways. If you run a busy rental service on Airbnb hiring a company that has all the cleaning supplies and inventory will save you from having to stock up on those things a la carte.

Overview

So as you can see caring for your rental has options. The question is, what’s the best option for you? Would you prefer to clean it yourself or hire a professional?

5 Ways to Get Organized Right Now

Looking to get your home organized right now? Organization is key to efficiency and relaxation in your home. Depending on how much space you have and how much you own, however, you will need a strategy.

Maid Sailors has assembled the five best ways to do it:

1. Use Pegboards

Pegboards are commonly used in home workshops to hang tools, but these handy organizers don’t have to be limited to this age-old task. For example, you can hang labeled bags full of items on pegboards to quickly organize smaller items you’re storing. In your kitchen, a pegboard can be used to organize pots and pans within reach.

2. Tag Wires For Your Electronics

Wires from entertainment centers and computer workstations will create chaos when you unplug or move electronics. With wire ties, you can bundle wires from specific areas for easy location later. You can also label ties by writing device names on clothespins or bread bag tags and placing them on wires at the outlet. You’ll never lose track of your Macbook charger ever again!

3. Get A Storage Unit

Clutter can get in the way of a home organizing plan. If you find that you have many items that you rarely use, consider putting them in storage units. This will also make moving easier later because the items can be loaded onto a truck quickly. For long-term storage, plastic totes are often better than cardboard boxes thanks to their durability.

4. Color Code Clothes Hangers

An organized closet can help you find the clothes you need right away every time. For this task, you’ll need hangers of a few different colors. While you can color code clothes by season, you can also go by clothing type, such as shirts and pants, or any other method you like.

5. Use A Whiteboard

To-do lists are handy, but creating a new one each day can become cumbersome thing to do. Instead, make a long-term list of duties that you can mark and erase repeatedly. Just make your list by hand or print it out and cover it with a sheet of clear plastic, which you can write on with a dry-erase marker. For visibility, you can hang it on your refrigerator or on the wall. Each time you finish a task and mark it done, write the date for the next time you’ll need to do it.

Even using one of the tips above will probably revolutionize your life. If you’re still having trouble, you know we’ll be there in a jiffy so you can make it to dinner in a timely fashion.

How to Get Rid of Mold In Your Home

What Is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments. Too scientific for you? It’s a harmful bacteria that can grow in and around surfaces if they aren’t well taken care of. So how do you get rid of mold in your home? Oh, that’s easy, just follow the steps below.

How Do I Get Rid Of It?

There are many different ways to get rid of mold in your home. You can kill mold with household supplies like bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and even ammonia. It’s important to know that If you have mold in your home, you need to keep a good flow of air circulation. Mold lives and feeds off of humid, moist, environments. So when attempting to get rid of the mold growing in your home, you’ll want to open the windows if the weather permits. All that airflow to come in and out easily, especially since you’re about to use cleaning chemicals. If it’s not so nice outside, make sure you have a fan running and that it’s not too hot inside your house.

When getting rid of household mold, there are a few things you’ll need. Go to the dollar store and grab a spray bottle and a pack of washcloths you can throw away afterward. You’ll throw away the washcloths, not the spray bottle.

Some other things you’ll need to pick up are:

After you gather all your supplies you can start the mold removal process by washing your hands and putting on your gloves and mask. Breathing in the mold can cause direct illness such as TB, asthma attacks, pneumonia, and in some cases it cancer. This is not to scare you, but to inform you of the importance of doing this task properly. You don’t want to expose your body to the mold more than it already has been. Prepare yourself properly.

Once you’ve got all your gear on you can begin to fill your spray bottle with water about three-quarters of the way full. Make sure the water is cold. Take your bleach and dilute the water according to the instructions on the label. If you are removing mold from the wall simple spray the solution on the surface and let it soak it. While that’s working its magic you can move to other surfaces you are trying to remove mold from. It’s not necessary to wipe off the solution after spraying it although after you give it time to kill the mold you may need to take one of your washcloths and wipe the mold away. If you have to do this, spray the surface again after your done without wiping it.

Although you can remove mold from carpet, If you are trying to remove mold from carpet, you might want to think about replacing it. It’s not completely necessary, but if you can do it I recommend it. Moving from the wall to the floor, you can repeat the same process on hardwood or laminate floors. The same principle also applies to other surfaces such as sinks, faucets, countertops, bathrooms, etc.

Note: Depending on the amount of mold, you may have to repeat this process several times before the mold is completely removed from your home.

Other Tricks

Use Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural bacteria killing oil that’s really good at fighting away mold in your home. Get an empty spray bottle and fill it with water then add one drop of tea tree oil. This essential oil is one of the strongest acting essential oils so it’s very important that you use it wisely. You don’t need a lot. One drop will do just fine for this method.

Let the solution settle for a while. You can work on other tasks while you are waiting. And when you come back you can spray the solution on the moldy surface. If the surface is a wall there is no need to rinse or wipe the solution off. The tea tree oil will kill the mold and prevent it from returning. If you’re removing mold from a countertop or your refrigerator you’ll want to let it sit for several minutes before wiping away the mold with your washcloth.

Helpful Hint: You can also add one drop of tea tree oil to your household cleaners to help prevent bacteria and mold from growing in other places around the house, like the bathroom. Spraying your shower walls with a solution that has tea tree oil is great for mold and mildew. Do this in and around the toilet and get the same results.

Use Lemon Oil

Having a diffuser in your home is a good way to prevent mold in your home. It’s also a good way to kill mold that is already growing in your home. Letting the diffuser run with several drops of lemon oil will not only make your house smell amazing it will help you get rid of mold in your home. You can also use grapefruit oil, but lemon oil is recommended.

3 Ways to Spice Up Your Apartment

Looking for some ways to spice up your apartment? New York City is one of the most desirable places to live in the world—and for many a good reason—but it’s no secret that the living quarters here are often smaller than those of other cities. Many big-city residents find themselves frustrated with design limitations. Certain organizations, like Modernize, know how to make the most out of your living space and your budget.

Here are Maid Sailors’ favorite tips to maximize the efficiency of your cozy space and add some zeal to your decor for an easy home makeover.

Do It Yourself

Tired of that stained sofa or an outdated floral-print chair? Spice it up by changing it yourself. Unless you’re going for vintage chic, leave the past in the past and refresh your upholstery with exciting, modern fabrics.

Simply recovering a chair or sofa with a crisp, neutral color or a vibrant hue can add light and joy to your living room. Similarly, selecting bright and bold new bedding will spruce up your bedroom with little effort. To ensure a cohesive look, first select the main color. Then choose a few accent colors and weave them into your home in a fun and creative ways.

For example, if you love teal, you can opt for teal fabric for the sofa and accent with fuscia and cream-colored pillows and throws. Small accessories like planters, picture frames, and book spines can also carry your accent color through space. Textiles are an easy way to update your home, so have fun with curtains, table runners, and towels, too!

Use Your Space Wisely

A good way to spice up your apartment is to utilize the space you have. If you’re limited to storage space, double up on functionality by incorporating storage into unexpected spaces. One of our favorite solutions is to frame doorways with a shelving system. You can store books, small items, and decor in this space, which would otherwise go unused.

Raise your bed a bit and slide storage bins beneath the frame for an easy storage solution. You can keep off-season clothes and shoes here, or even craft supplies, toys, books, and accessories. If you want to go for something more permanent, you can find bed frames with built-in storage units. Some even have steps that lead up to the mattress!

Windows can create a storage problem, too, since you don’t want to block the influx of natural light with a shelf or another piece of furniture. Walls with windows are the perfect opportunity to use half-size bookshelves and cabinets to create extra storage space.

Try New Things

If you’re not digging your current decor, you don’t have to spend a ton of money giving your home a makeover. The cost of living is high enough, so save some cash by heading out to flea markets, artisan fairs, thrift stores, and donation centers. You may find an old lamp base that you can paint and refresh. Picture frames are easy to upcycle, too. Just because it isn’t new doesn’t mean it won’t be new to you! Upcycling is great for the environment, too.

New York is a beautiful place to live, so don’t let tight living spaces bring down your sense of style. Small changes can go along way to refresh your home, so have fun and get creative! Spice up your apartment today!

Is Your Garage Putting Your Home At Risk?

Do you live in your garage at times? Are you one of those people who has a poker table in their garage? Do you spend a lot of time out there? Or do you live in a community where people leave their doors open an smile at one another? That’s all fine and dandy until you get so busy enjoying life that you forget to take necessary precautions for keeping your family safe.

Now, this isn’t some article that’s going to make you want to call your insurance company. There’s nothing faulty wrong with your garage. It’s fine. However, there may be some things that you’re not doing out there that are putting you and your family at risk.

Here’s a list of reasons your garage could be putting your home at risk:

  • It’s Probably The Main Entrance

Most of the time the garage door can act as the main entrance to your home. You might even use that door more frequently than the front door. And maybe certain people know this about your home. If this is the case, It’s time to upgrade your security as soon as possible. Add new locks, with deadbolts. Put a motion noise detector inside, so you’ll  be able to hear anybody that walks in. And install security cameras. Nowadays you can even put up cameras that are easily accessed from an app on your smartphone.

  • Your Car Is There

Having a vehicle is a big investment. The last thing you want to do is walk outside in the morning and notice that your car is gone. Trust me, it happens more often than not. Even inside your garage keep your car doors locked and install security features. You can also try frosting any windows that are attached to the garage and then try adding motion detector lights. When those lights pop on, chances are they’ll get scared and run.

  • Expensive Items and Tools Are Stored There

Yes, your car is valuable but you probably have other valuable items in there too. Storing valuables out there is like leaving your kids unattended in a park bathroom. Just because they right outside don’t always mean they’re safe. Keep things that are truly valuable locked in a fireproof safe.

If your garage needs a little TLC we can tidy it up in an hour or less.

5 Great Hacks For People Who Hate Doing Chores

Not many of us love cleaning. In fact, most of us kinda hate it to a certain degree. It always takes quite a bit time, it gets boring really fast, and more often than not we’d rather be doing literally anything else. Just the thought of how much time we spend on getting that pesky water ring out of the table or making sure the coffee pot is cleaned out; it can drive some people insane.

It’s time to shout out no more! With these incredible house cleaning hacks. You will discover a world where taken care of your home takes up almost no time. A nice combination of knowledge and cleverness are what fuels this list to provide you the best tips possible, therefore you can keep everything really nice and clean while having tons of extra time you otherwise wouldn’t. Here are 5 great hacks for people who hate cleaning.

1. The Microwave Conundrum

The microwave is a very useful tool for quick cooking and heating. However, if we do not know how to properly cover some foods while heating, they can make quite a mess splattering and, scrubbing everything off can prove to be tedious.

Say goodbye to hours of hard work. All you have to do, in these situations, is to grab a nice microwave-proof bowl and fill it with some water. Then drop in some lemon wedges or lemon halves; have it run until the water starts boiling. Plug the microwave off but don’t take out the bowl yet, let it sit in for about 1 to 2 minutes. After this is done just take out the bowl, grab a cleaning cloth, and remove all the dirt with a nice and easy stroke; quickly giving your microwave oven an almost never-used feel to it.

2.Those Dreaded Rings on Your Table

Whenever someone fails to use a coaster on your precious tables, it always shows. You find yourself, yet again, in that horrid situation of removing the marks of your friend’s lack of care for your furniture. You have to act fast, but it has to be easy; luckily it is. First, grab an absorbing towel, give it a good swipe to eliminate quickly any excess moisture; then bust out the hair dryer and blow those hellish rings into the depth of oblivion for ever!

3. Goodbye Blender Scraping

The blender is one of those everyday appliances that we are usually more afraid to use than embrace; all thanks to how much of a chore can be cleaning it afterwards – the thought of it is just sometimes straight up terrifying-  However, there’s light at the end of the tunnel; for there is a very simple way to clean a blender.

Getting your hands dirty by trying to remove everything by hand is a waste of time and effort. Instead, fill your blender with hot water, to about half way through, and a good splash of liquid soap. Give it a really good spin for a couple of minutes. Empty it and remove the excess soap with clean water. Done! You have yourself a pretty clean blender in no time.

4. Clog Drains

Sometimes your hand or dishwasher can get clogged up, and you won’t have any earthly idea as to why how it got like that in the first place. Cleaning your clogged drains can be a very frustrating and infuriating situation should you not know how to deal with it swiftly. Regardless of how it happened, there is a very quick solution. Grab a cup of vinegar and some Alka Seltzer pucks; drop them and leave them to act for 10 minutes or so. Simply finish the cleaning process by washing down with boiling water to ensure a complete and thorough clean.

5. Magic Carpet

Having a carpet floor is a bold decision, but it does not have to mean complete and utter commitment to it every hour of the day. We are all aware of those mysterious and inconceivable stains, that appear out of nowhere, in our carpets and how much of a hassle it can be to get rid of them. Fret not for there is a quick and easy solution.

When you spot one of those dreadful carpet stains, act quickly and squirt it good with a combination of one part vinegar and two parts water. Then, place a lightly damp cloth over it and grab a hot iron and press it for just about half a minute, and voilà! Should that stain prove to be a tough opponent, just press the iron on it a couple more times and it should disappear.

No More Hate for Cleaning

Cleaning our house or personal space doesn’t have to be the most tedious and tenuous of task. Use this simple hacks to turn your those chores into simple and enjoyable solutions to make your life easier. What are some of the home cleaning task you find the hardest to do? What other tricks do you know to improve home cleaning? Share your experience by leaving a comment below!.

5 Ways To Unclog That Drain Without Buying Anything

Your drain is clogged and you don’t have the time or the resources (read: MONEY) to cure the gunk traffic jam.

Do you have water in your kitchen? What about some vinegar (you know, the same bottle that probably came with the cupboards? Does anyone actually buy vinegar?) Any red plastic cups (used or not)? If you said yes to any of these questions, congratulations, you have everything you need to turn that clogathon into a barren pathway for sink activities!

Boiled water: The best thing since…water

These images will be difficult to process: food, debris, hair and oil clog your drains. The good news is, because the words ‘cement’ and ‘solid brick’ weren’t on this list, you can use boiling water to break this down like a domestic sledgehammer.
Boil water and pour it down the drain. Also, if you think your toilet is also suffering from cloggage, open the seat and check for small bubbles congregating in the water. Yes? Good. Use boiling water because this means there’s a clog deeper in the drain.

Large Plastic Cup: Turn that double-cup into a single-cup for unclogging purposes

Let’s say your kitchen sink is super clogged like your nose as the flowers blossom and pollen imperializes the air. The only tool (you think you have) is a plunger. Are you considering a tool that has had intimate relations with the inner crevices of your toilet to fix your sink?
Save yourself a trip to the emergency room and find a plastic cup.
Most people have large 32 to 40-ounce cups from fast food restaurants and gas stations. The bottom of these fit nicely in the drain. Push the bottom of these cups into the drain to clear the clog. Some clogs cannot be cleared without professional help. You may need the use of a snake or hydro jetting, as offered by companies like L.J. KRUSE COMPANY, to clear your clog.

Metal Wire: We’re sure these are laying around somewhere near the duct tape

“Back in the day,” people used to use old wire hangers to clear clogs, but those have become largely obsolete. Most people have rolls of wire, however, which are useful.
Steer clear of coated wire used in gardening, but other types of thin wire are useful for clearing clogs. Create a thin hook on the end to grab string or hair by pinching the end of the wire. Do not use wire in a drain (such as the bathroom sink) if it can get stuck in different components (like a stopper) because you could make the clog worse (and ruin your weekend).

Bleach: You have this

Bleach is similar to drain cleaners because it contains sodium hydroxide. You can use bleach to help clear a clog. Allow the bleach to work it’s way through until the clog clears. Use hot water from the tap to wash the bleach down.
If you’re going to use any of the remedies above, be sure that you don’t already have other substances in your drain, standing water or pipes. Mixture of different substances may not be safe. For instance, don’t mix vinegar and bleach. This makes toxic chlorine gas. For heavy duty clogs, call a professional immediately.

What now?

Save the Amazon orders for phone chargers and 30 packs of bottle water because tap water alone can solve 90% of your drainage issues. Now, after you finish impressing your roommate(s) and/or partner with your James Bond-esque resourcefulness, make sure to chop less organic vegetables near the sinkhole. You can also add a screen filter to catch those pesky quinoa grains and chia seeds that always seem to stray away from the pack. As for your toilet, maybe eating less fiber could do the trick. If all else fails, call a Maid Sailors. We unclog drains the same way Steph Curry drains three point shots.