How to Unclog a Drain Without Special Drain Chemicals

My sinks get clogged A LOT. One is old and just shitty when it comes to plumbing, but a lot definitely has to do with the fact I lose contacts down there (I know! Bad for everyone, but hell, it’s already halfway down the drain) and when my migraines are horrible I need the support of the vanity to vomit. Gross, I know.

So, I have a lot of experience with clogged drains. I used to buy a lot of Draino, but after some googling and testing, I’ve found a better way to unclog those drains without having to schlepp out for cleaner that smells like a pool.

If you have a light clog:

Step 1: pour boiling water down the drain. This will help loosen anything up and prime it for the next step. I just use a kettle or a small pot of water. You don’t need tons. Sometimes, this may be enough to fix things…mostly it won’t be.

Step 2. Sprinkle baking soda around the drain. Pour vinegar over the baking soda. I haven’t really measured how much I use; instead, I slowly pour the vinegar over the baking soda, giving it some time to bubble and work its magic, until there is no more baking soda left to bubble.

Step 3. Wait and let the fizzing action take place. Wipe up anything that comes up from the drain.

Step 4. Flush with hot water, again.

Step 5. Run your tap and if it goes down the drain, move on!

This is usually what I do as soon as a clogged drains pops up, but sometimes, I need a little more action. That means taking the plug apart. If you’ve a pop up plug, just unscrew it and start the steps above. Instead of pouring it around the sink hole, you can pour the baking soda and vinegar directly down the drain.

Look at the drain plug, as well. If it looks nasty, clean it off as some of the problem may lie there and not in the pipe itself.

This should unclog pretty much any nasty clog and away you’ll go!

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