At least once in anyone’s life, you’ll have to deal with a sink that will clog. Be it the bathroom sink or the kitchen sink, it happens. When it happens in the kitchen, it’s usually because of food, oil, and other residues that end up in the sink. In the bathroom, however, the sink clogs mostly because of hair and other products that get stuck in the drain.
Nowadays, most people opt for chemical solutions, but there are many natural remedies that can take care of your smaller drain issues. Here are 5 homemade solutions to safely unclog your sink:
- Put 1 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda in the drain. The amount of baking soda varies according to how clogged it is. Let it act for 1 minute.
- Pour 1 cup of white vinegar over the baking soda. Let it sit for half an hour until a bad-smelling foam comes out of your drain.
- Pour hot water over the sink to clean it.
- Did you know that one of the major problems to the kitchen sink clogging comes down to fat inside the plumbing? If that’s your case, you can solve it using only detergent and hot water.
- Drain all water that might be accumulated in your sink.
- Boil water and mix it with some detergent.
- Pour the hot water over the drain and wait until your sink naturally unclogs.
Yes, you got that right. Coca-Cola. It may not be the most natural of all solutions, but most people have it at home.
Coke and other cola-based sodas can help you unclog your sink because they contain phosphoric acid.
This can easily dissolve the fat in plumbing.
- Everyone has this product at home, and it can help you unclog your sink.
- Put 1 cup of salt in your drain
- Pour boiling water over it
- While the water drains, close the drain with a cloth and apply some pressure. Remember to use gloves to not burn your hands.
Clean the siphon
Regular cleaning can prevent clogging altogether. Sometimes, the sink clogs because of all the dirt accumulated in the siphon. If that’s the case…
- Place a bucket under the siphon
- Unscrew the siphon to catch all the water and dirt
- Clean it with a sponge and neutral detergent
Easy, isn’t it?
Prevention is better than cure
If you catch a problem right in the beginning, it will be easier to solve. However, it’s better to know how to prevent your sinks and drains from clogging altogether. Here are some tips to help you prevent your drains from clogging up.
- Avoid combing your hair during your bath or over the bathroom sink
- Remove all the grease from cooking utensils with a napkin before washing them
- Never pour oil directly on the sink
- If you have pets, remove all their hair from clothes before washing them