Your sink has been clogged for days and now your kitchen is beginning to smell badly of standing water. And while you could reach for the bottle of Drano, you might prefer a method that doesn't pour chemicals into the drain (or you just don't have time to run to the store).
Fortunately, there are many ways to clean your sink with things that you already have in your home. For example, you can use vinegar and baking soda to break down the food and can that cause constipation. You can also use a plunger to build enough suction to push the food through the pipes.
Depending on how strong the clog is, you may need to follow all of these techniques and repeat if necessary. And if your kitchen sink has garbage disposal, let it run before you start grinding the food inside. Here are the best ways to remove the clog from your sink.
Use a piston
If you have stagnant water in your sink, it's best to dip it into the drain. You need a flask – but preferably not the one from your bathroom (yuck), so use a clean one. It is a good idea to keep a small flask under your sink for this purpose.
If you have a double sink, connect the other side before you start to keep the gasket intact and prevent water from popping out at the other end.
Place the plunger over the drain into your sink for suction and pump up and down until the water begins to clear. Allow clean water to drain from the drain to ensure that it is clear after all of the standing water has drained from the sink. If this is not the case, you have to dive again.
Dissolve with baking powder and vinegar
If you don't have a clean plunger at hand, you can use a proven cleaning technique with baking soda and vinegar. This creates a bubbly reaction that breaks up larger pieces of dirt so that they can easily drain into the drain.
Start boiling water in a kettle, then pour it into the drain (, but it doesn't matter how you get the boiling water – just be careful not to spill).
It has to boil and not just be hot tap water so that it can dissolve and remove food residues and minor blockages. This will help flush out the drain, but it won't completely clear the blockage. However, if you have PVC pipes, it is best to skip this step as this can loosen the pipe seals. You can still rinse with hot tap water after treatment with vinegar and baking soda.
Next, pour a cup of baking soda into the drain and let it rest for a few minutes. You may need to use a wooden spoon, a rubber spatula, or plastic dishes to push the baking soda down the drain. I would avoid using metal or anything sharp that you don't want to scratch into your sink.
After the baking powder is used up, pour in a cup of white distilled vinegar. The combination will produce a bubbly reaction to relieve the constipation. Use a stopper and connect the sink for about 15 minutes. During this time, boil a pot of water. When the time runs out, pour the boiling water into the sink to rinse it again.
Repeat this regularly to avoid later education.
Clean the P trap
If you've tried all the options but your sink is still not empty, you may need to clean the P-trap. This is the part of your sink that prevents dirt and sewage gases from rising through the drain.
First, gently push a straight hanger through the opening in your sink to remove any food that might get stuck in the drain. If this does not work, you must take the P-trap apart.
The P-trap is located under the sink and is shaped like a U. To remove it, put on a pair of gloves (e.g. plastic dishwashing gloves or leather gloves that you like to get dirty) and put a bucket in the trash can or a garbage bag under the pipes to catch stuck food or water. If it is too tight, use pliers to loosen the connectors.
Once removed, use something solid, such as a knife or hanger, to push food through and search the sides for fat. Now you can put the P-trap back on and watch the water run out the way it should.
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To prevent your sink from clogging again, follow these tips.
- Never pour fat into the drain. Instead, pour it into an old glass (like a pasta sauce) and throw it in the trash when it's cool.
- If you have a garbage disposal, always run cold instead of hot water when you use it. Cold water helps keep fat in its solid form so it doesn't stick to the pipe walls. Hot water could melt it, leaving smooth residue on the pipes.
- – like potato peels, bones, coffee grounds, pasta and more. They could damage or blunt the blades (bones, coffee grounds) or make them sticky and clogged (potato peels, pasta).
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Originally released last month.