How to naturally unclog sink drain?

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  • Pour down some dish soap and then put down a kettle with boiling water

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Mar 23, 2021

    Here's a few ways that I've used in the past:

    If all else fails you can always take a part the trap and clean it out like this:

  • William William on Mar 23, 2021

    Try a plunger first. 1/2 container of salt and hot water. Baking soda and vinegar. Pour baking soda down the drain. Then pour some vinegar. Immediately cover the drain with a cloth and press down. The pressure of the faoming will push the clog through. If a double sink cover both drains since they are connected together.

  • Pour boiling water down the drain. Then add a half cup of baking soda and let it sit for a minute. Pour a cup of vinegar and a cup of hot water down the drain. Cover loosely and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Pour another pot of boiling water down the drain to flush out the clog.

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 23, 2021

    If its a bathroom drain, I use a plastic drain snake (Dollar Tree) to get the hair out and then run hot water down it.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 23, 2021

    Remove cover and clear any thing you can see with a plastic drain cleaner, they are about $5.

    Pour 1 cup baking soda in followed by 1 cup white vinegar. Cover and wait 20 minutes.

    Boil a pot of water, remove cover, pour boiling water down the drain.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 23, 2021

    First use a plunger and cover any sources of air that will effect the vacuum you'll be creating with the plunger. You do not want any more air coming into the sink drain system. That action should loosen the clog.

    Next if that does not work, add dish soap or shampoo to the drain, really any kind of liquid soap, add very hot water held a distance over the drain hole and pour carefully so you not only get heat, you also get more pressure from the pour. Be careful to hit the drain so there is minimal splashing. I would hesitate to use boiling water because it can melt your plumbing connections under the sink and cause leaks.

    From there you could try a snake and finally a plumber to check it out.

    Best to you.

  • I pour vinegar and baking soda down the drain and add hot water. Then I plug up the drain and fill the sink with water so I know it's stopped up completely. By the next morning it's usually clean, unclogged and smells fresh.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 23, 2021

    Hi jma: Here's what I do. This looks long and complicated, but it's not. Well, it is long, but not complicated:)

    If stopped up, 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 and twist it. 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.

    Then, You will need this:

    A small box of baking soda

    1/2 cup vinegar

    1 quart of 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 the boiling water down the drain.
    10. This should take care of the clog. You may have to do it twice, but usually not.

    Good luck

  • Janice Janice on Mar 23, 2021

    Hi Jma, what has worked well for me in my home many times through the years is to dump about a 1/2-1 cup of baking soda into the drain, then add a couple of cups of vinegar. It will fizz for a while and do it's work. Then add some boiling hot water to the drain, repeat if necessary if the drain doesn't clear the first time. Also, you can get a small plastic device with sharp nibs on it to reach into the drain which may be blocked with hair and soap/oils. This is similar to a sewer snake but much smaller and lighter. HOpe this helps with your problem.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 24, 2021

    Hello. I like the manual barbd reaming tools that help to mechanically removing the obstruction particularly if it’s hair. Dollar tree some time sells them or you can find them in the big box hardware store.

  • Annie Annie on Mar 25, 2021

    I assume you dont want to use any chemical ... Here are some manual uncloggers

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Mar 25, 2021

    Easy take the top off and add slate or tile or granit then re do the caninet

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 28, 2021


    Use Vac method - buy a Plumbers Plunger!

  • Maura White Maura White on Mar 28, 2021

    Pour baking powder down the drain. Then add the same amount of vinegar, followed by a pan full of boiling water.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Mar 28, 2021

    You might just need to open up the pipe and clear the clog. Not big deal!

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Mar 29, 2021

    Can you snake it?

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