How to clean a clogged sink drain?


saw where you can use soda & vinegar to clean drain???

  13 answers
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 01, 2021

    Here's the recipe:

    1 cup baking soda

    1 cup white vinegar

    Put the baking soda in the drain first followed by the vinegar. When the fizzing stops, rinse with very hot water, many recipes will say to use boiling water but I am concerned it will loosen the pipe glue.

  • 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.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Aug 01, 2021

    How to unclog a drain

    1. Let hot water run for a minute to warm up the pipes.
    2. Drop in 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain.
    3. Pour in 1 cup of vinegar, cover the drain with a plug and let sit for 10 minutes – you will hear fizzing.
    4. Rinse with more hot water.

  • Janice Janice on Aug 01, 2021

    The vinegar/baking soda recipe works! And if you have a drain that seems to clog on a regular basis, just add the vinegar/baking soda regime to your monthly cleaning schedule. You might also try one of those plastic barbed drain cleaners that are available at most big box stores. You can insert it in your drain, twist around a bit and pull back out. It's surprising what gunk will be on the barbs.

  • If it's clogged, you'll have to clear the clog first. Vinegar and baking soda keep the drain clean.

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 01, 2021

    Hi Sandy, this recipe should help you out,

    1. Start by pouring a pot of boiling water down the drain.
    2. Next, pour a cup of baking soda and 1 cup water/1 cup vinegar solution.
    3. Cover with the drain plug and wait 5 to 10 minutes.
    4. Pour boiling water down the drain again.

  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 01, 2021

    Hi Sandy: 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

  • Em Em on Aug 01, 2021

    Baking soda is more of a regular cleaning procedure. It the sink is clogged try a plunger first. Look online how to PROPERLY use a plunger as most people don't use them right. the object is to create a pressure then a pulling buy using force to push and pull the clog loose not just wildly jamming the plunger up and down. Catch air in the plunger before you start so air if forced down the drain then slowly create a suction pulling it slowly upward. If plunger does not work try Green Gobbler crystals that swell and force the clog along or Drano that is a strong chemical. That is my last resort.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 02, 2021

    Look this project up at top of Homepage! Best wishes

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 02, 2021

    1 cup baking soda

    1 cup vinegar

    cover for 15 minutes

    boil a pot of water and pour down the drain

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Aug 02, 2021

    Pour1/2 cup baking soda down the drain then 1/4 cup vinager (white) down the drain leave for 1/2 hour then rinse with very hot water boiling