How To Unclog A Sink Using Just 2 Natural Ingredients

How to Unclog a Sink

The garbage disposal and drain in my kitchen sink is temperamental, to say the least. (A more accurate description would be to say that my drain is a diva of the first rank!) Over the years I’ve had several unpleasant experiences with backed up pipes, so these days I am extremely careful about what I put down it. No rice, no eggshells, no vegetable peels, etc.

But a few years ago, before I had learned my lesson about our finicky drain, I made the not-so-smart decision to put a bunch of discarded cilantro stems down into the disposal. (I know – what was I thinking?!) And sure enough, the garbage disposal was running but no water was going down the drain. It just sat there mocking me!

I was grateful that my husband happened to be out of the house at the time, because I could already hear the lecture that he would give me if he found out about this incident! So in a desperate attempt to avoid receiving that lecture, I decided to try a method I had read about online to unclog a sink.

And guess what? It worked like a charm! Both the crisis and the lecture were successfully averted that day. The secret of the method I used is the bubbling, de-clogging reaction that takes place between vinegar and baking soda. The bubbling reaction helps to dissolve whatever may be clogging your pipes, then a flush with hot water whisks the clog away. The result is clear pipes, and a clear conscience! ;-)

How to Unclog Your Sink

A Simple Way To Unclog A Sink

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • Drain plug
  • Boiling water


How to Unclog Your Sink

Step 1 – Add Vinegar & Baking Soda

Pour the vinegar down the drain of your sink. Then sprinkle the baking soda into the drain, then quickly put the drain plug into the drain. Hold it in place until the fizzing has subsided.

How to Unclog Your Sink

Step 2 – Wait

After the fizzing has stopped, let the sink sit undisturbed for about 30 minutes.

How to Unclog Your Sink

Step 3 – Flush With Hot Water

After 30 minutes, bring a kettle or pot of water to a boil. Remove the drain plug from the sink and pour the boiling water into the drain. The hot water will help flush out any clogs, as well as the remaining baking soda and vinegar.

Your drain should be flowing freely! And for more ways to clear a clogged sink, be sure to check out the link below!

Related: Simple Remedies For Clogged Drains

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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