How do I unclog a bathroom sink?

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  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 11, 2020

    I would first try putting baking soda down the drain followed by white vinegar,leaving long enough to start the breakdown of the clog then keep very hot water running. If that does not work you may have to purchase a snake and unclog it by opening the trap under your sink.

    I found some plastic snakes on for about $10 a 6 pack and they are reusable. Pretty gross all the hair and stinky stuff I got out of my bathroom sink drain.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 11, 2020

    Hi Janet, hot water and dish detergent, hope this helps you

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 11, 2020

    Is hair in it your problem? Do you know the cause of the blockage, any other drains effected?

    Try taking off the trap, the loop under the sink and see if there is anything in it causing the block. You do not have to shut off the water because this is a drain and not a water source.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jun 11, 2020

    Typically they have hair and soap scum build up.

    Before putting in caustic chemicals, get a dollar store dish pan and put it under the trap, then unscrew the spud nuts to remove the trap.

    Be prepared for “icky stinky slimey”.

    Take it outside and scrape it out into a bag for the outside trash can. Then take the garden hose to it.

  • William William on Jun 11, 2020

    First pour some baking soda down the drain. Then pure some vinegar down. Immediately cover the drain with a damp cloth. The pressure may push the clog thru. Use a plunger. Cover the overflow hole with a damp cloth. Fill the sink with some water. Plunge up and down. Usually can pull up a lot of crud and push the clog thru. If the clog is further down you may need to snake it from underneath by removing the P trap. This is what I have.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jun 11, 2020

    5 Natural Ways to Unclog a Bathroom Sink

    1. Baking Soda and Vinegar. This is an old method of unclogging drains that has proven to be very effective in bathroom sinks. ...
    2. Baking Soda and Salt. Another effective combination is baking soda and salt. ...
    3. Boiling Water. ...
    4. Wet and Dry Vacuum. ...
    5. Wire Hanger.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 11, 2020

    Hi Janet: If you can get a really long zip tie, cut slits going down the side, one on the right, one on the left, all the way along to the bottom. Then, tie a string on the top really securely, and tie that around your finger. This will keep it from falling down the drain:) Then, stick it into the drain and jiggle it around and lift it out to see if anything stuck to it. If so, do it a few more times to get as much gunk out as you can. Sometimes you can buy one at the dollar store.

    Then, You will need this:

    A small box of baking soda

    1/2 cup or so of vinegar

    1 quart of really hot water


    1. Bail out any standing water .
    2. Dump about 1/2 of a box of dry baking soda down the drain.
    3. Get your plunger or stopper ready and at your side, and be prepared to hold it down tightly.
    4. Put a cloth in the overflow hole tightly, it's usually near the top of the sink or by the front of a bath tub.
    5. Following the baking soda, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain.
    6. Immediately after you pour it in, plug the drain with the plunger or stopper, or whatever you have that can seal the opening, covering the drain hole completely so nothing can escape.
    7. HOLD TIGHT!The interaction of the vinegar and baking soda will cause a “mini volcano” that will come up and out of the drain if you don’t keep it down there, to bust out your clog.
    8. After the initial “volcano” subsides, leave the baking soda and vinegar mixture in the drain for about 30 minutes. While you are waiting, boil a tea kettle full of water.
    9. After 30 minutes, remove the stopper or plunger and slowly pour most of the hot water down the drain.
    10. This should take care of the clog. You may have to do it twice, but usually not.
    11. Use the rest of the hot water to make a cup of tea to congratulate yourself on a job well done! :)
    12. Good luck

  • Ruby Ruby on Jun 11, 2020

    have you tried draino, get it from dollar store it works

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jun 12, 2020

    I use a long skinny tool called a hair grabber to remove hair out of my bathroom drains. That's usually what starts a problem. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Linda Linda on Jun 12, 2020

    I have one of these and it is awesome!!! All you have to do is stick it down into the drain and it will pull out what is clogging the drain. If that doesn't work you may need draino.

  • Janet ritchie Janet ritchie on Jun 12, 2020

    Thank You!!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jun 12, 2020

    Try 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup of white vinager put baking soda first then dump vinager let sit 1/2 hour then wash down with boiling water

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 12, 2020

    First, check the pipes and make sure they are in condition. Remove as much as possible with a snake or drain cleaning tool. Pour ½ cup baking soda then ½ cup white vinegar in the drain and cover, letting sit for 20 minutes. Boil water, remove cover, and pour water down the drain. You may have to repeat the process.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 18, 2020

    Hello Janet,

    Buy and use Bathroom Sink Unblocker from the Supermarket.

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