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The Best Way to Unclog a Sink Drain

Drain clogs caused by soap scum, hair, dirt and other agents prevent water from exiting sinks found inside of kitchens and bathrooms. Thoroughly cleaning out the drain and manually removing the gunk that is causing the clog gets the water flowing into the drain normally, once more. Using a homemade cleaning solution is about more than just saving a few dollars. This all-natural method thoroughly breaks through clogs without causing any harm to the ecosystem.

Unclog a sink drain without store-bought cleaners.
  1. Put on the rubber gloves. Stick your index finger and thumb into the drain, and remove any items causing the clog. Turn the sink's tap water on. Proceed if the clog remains.

  2. Pour approximately 1 cup of tap water into the drain. Add more water, if necessary, until the water layers at the bottom of the sink.

  3. Plunge the drain for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat Step 1. Proceed if the clog remains.

  4. Pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain. Then, pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the drain. The chemical reaction that occurs when the two agents mix breaks down the clog.

  5. Wait roughly 15 minutes. Turn the sink's hot water on so that a solid stream of water enters the drain. Leave the water on for 30 seconds.

  6. Plunge the drain once more. Repeat the entire process, if needed, until the drain unclogs.

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Andrew Smith has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in sports and technology. His work has appeared on various online sites. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University.