A clogged sink is common in apartments and homes, and many clogs are preventable. However, prevention does not help an existing clog, and a plumber is an expensive alternative. Chemical solutions are harsh and dangerous to you and the environment. Turn to a home remedy to see if you can fix the clogged sink, save a plumbing bill, and be pleased with your accomplishment. You can do this even with no plumbing knowledge.
Fix a Clog with Soda and Vinegar
One of the home remedies recommended by experts and novices alike is the use of baking soda and vinegar. Half a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar is the recommendation of Happy Living Magazine. The soda is poured into the drain first, then the vinegar. Apartment Therapy suggests adding salt to this mixture, and cautions to empty the sink of water before starting this method. Texas A&M University recommends covering the drain. The chemical reaction of the vinegar and baking soda will make it fizz and bubble. Leave the mixture in the sink for several hours, according to the Drains & Plumbing website. Flush with hot water, and the clog should be gone.
Use Boiling Water to Unclog the Sink
If you have metal pipes, and you think the clog is grease, boil 2 cups of water on the stove or in the microwave, and pour this directly into the clogged drain. The Drains & Plumbing website suggests you may need a larger quantity of boiling water.
Try Salt and Baking Soda for Grease Clogs
Reader’s Digest suggests 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda, followed by a cup of boiling water. Leave the mixture overnight, and rinse with hot tap water. This works best on grease clogs, and is a little more effective than boiling water alone.
Use a Grease-Cutting Detergent or Enzyme Presoak
Your washing machine drain does not clog, so maybe there is a lesson there. A grease-cutting detergent or enzyme presoak will not harm the kitchen or bathroom sink, and may work to remove the clog. The Drains & Plumbing website recommends enzymes for unclogging the sink.
Lemon Juice and Baking Soda May Work on a Clog
Lemon juice and baking soda are the same kind of mix as vinegar and baking soda--an acid and a base--and the mixture will fizz and work on the clog. Add a cup or so of hot water, and let it sit, then rinse with hot water. Grinding lemon peel in the garbage disposer is a good way to clean the disposer and the sink, but using baking soda creates a better cleaning solution for a clogged sink.
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