Clearing the pipes in my bathroom

The water in my bathroom sink drains extremely slowly. I am assuming the pipes are clogged up. What are my options for clearing them with out buying some retail store product?
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 01, 2016
    Heres a great solution that I have used.

    • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on May 01, 2016
      @Janet Pizaro I got some new recipes off this site. and how to find a plumber.

  • Donna Clarke Curnutte Donna Clarke Curnutte on May 01, 2016
    Run hot or pour boiling water down the drain. Then pour about 1 cup baking soda in the drain. Let that sit about 15 min then pour 1 or 2 cps white vinegar in the drain, it should fizzle so dont worry. Let that sit about 30 min and run hot water down the drain again. Works for me every time!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 01, 2016
    Yes agreed that is what my post is telling what to do.

  • Phil a Phil a on May 01, 2016
    As a handyman, I often have to unclog drains, usually in the bathroom. Hair and soap often bind together to make a paste that really slows the water flow. I've often pulled out hair plugs that look like a dead mouse. If you can remove the pop-up stopper, it's much easier to clean. If not, Home Depot sells a little plastic tool called a Zip-It that is a thin "stick" with small barbs on it. It costs about $3.00 or less. You can reach down int the drain and pull out the plugs. I tell my customers that hot water is their best friend in keeping their drains flowing freely. As Donna mentioned, boiling water is a good solution to dissolve the soap. But until you remove the hair, and you'd be surprised how much hair gets into the sink even for those people that don't wash their hair in the sink, you'll keep having a problem. To prevent this issue, buy a drain screen for each of the sinks and tubs. You'd be amazed how much hair it will catch.

    • Superbee Superbee on May 11, 2016
      @Phil a Great info but be careful with those Zip It devices. They can break on the way coming back up and then you have a broken piece lodged in the pipe.

  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on May 01, 2016
    That is how I clean my drain is by removing the stopper if I can't get it out I can sometimes use my tweezer to get the hair to start coming up, then when that is done I use the baking soda and vinegar trick with boiling water because otherwise I wait along time for the tap to get hot enough. I will be checking for a Zip It for sure.

  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 01, 2016
    I agree with the recommendations of running the boiling or hot water followed by baking soda and vinegar. The little Zip -It strip from the hardware store is great too as until you remove the source of hair that's most likely catching the soap gunk, you're just masking the issue.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 01, 2016
    baking sod??

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on May 02, 2016
    I had a similar draining problem with my shower! What fixed it for me was A) pour a few cups of boiling hot water down the drainB) then pour about 1/4 cup of baking soda followed by about 1 c of vinegarC)put a cloth over the drain and leave it for about 30 mins D) pour a few more cups of boiling hot water down the drain It worked magic for me! I hope it helps