Plumbing expert shares how to unblock a sink using household items without a plunger

Plumbing expert shares how to unblock a sink using household items without a plunger

Bathroom sinks can easily become clogged with accumulations of hair, soap scum, toothpaste and other toiletries, resulting in a permanent household clog that is difficult to clear.

Kitchen sinks are often clogged with grease, grease, and food debris that spills down the drain while cooking or washing dishes.

Strange odors, strange gurgling noises, and slow draining water are signs that a sink has a problem.

Malika Khan, a manager at Village Heating, warned that many drain cleaners and bleaches are “not effective” on certain drain clogs.

To help households unclog their kitchen sink drains, whether in the kitchen or bathroom, the expert has rounded up several “kitchen cabinet ingredients” that will get the job done without a plunger.

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She said: “Sink clogs can be unclogged with a number of common kitchen ingredients such as white vinegar, baking soda, salt, baking soda crystals or washing powder.”

1. How to unclog a sink with hot water

Simply boiling water can be “surprisingly effective” at clearing certain sink clogs, particularly soap scum clogs in bathroom sinks.

Malika explained: “Boiling water is most effective when drained slowly, rather than leaving lots of lukewarm water standing. Boil water in a kettle and pour the water down the sink in three or four batches.”

The results should be “pretty quick” if it worked. To test it, run the faucet to see if the water drains normally. If not, repeat the process.

It’s important that households do not try this method if their drain is connected to PVC piping, as the boiling water can “damage the plastic.”

2. How to unclog a sink with baking soda and white vinegar

Malika claims this “affordable solution” to clogged drains uses two ingredients households should have in their kitchens to unclog them and is a natural alternative to using chemical drain cleaners.

First, use a cup or bowl to remove the standing water from the sink and pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Close the plug and let it sit for about an hour.

The expert explained, “The effervescent action of the chemical reaction helps remove built-up hair and dirt.” Leave on for about an hour before rinsing with hot tap water. If the blockage is not completely cleared but seems to be making progress, repeat the process again.”

3. How to unclog a clog with baking soda and salt

Another “powerful combination” from the kitchen cabinets that can be used to unclog is baking soda and salt.

With this method, mix together 1/2 cup at a time before pouring the mixture down the drain. Then top up with boiling water from the kettle, which should result in a chemical reaction that “aggressively fizzes and unclogs the sink.” Leave it on for about an hour before rinsing it off with warm tap water.

4. How to unclog a sink with washing powder or soda crystals

Households can also use washing powder to clear any clogs. This also helps the sink “smell nicer”.

Pour a few tablespoons of washing powder down the drain, and then top up with a kettle of boiling water. This should remove any accumulated grease and dirt. Malika added that soda crystals are “similarly effective.”