Whether it’s your kitchen sink or your bathroom sink, back ups are practically inevitable. We have no way of seeing what’s down there clogging the pipes, but that’s probably a good thing! The good news about clogged drains is that often times it can be fixed without having to call and pay a plumber. There are a few different DIY methods that will unclog your sink. Pick the one you like best, or try them all!
1. Take the Plunge – This might go without saying, but it is a good idea to keep an extra plunger around the house, one that is used strictly for sink clogs. It’s not like they are an expensive purchase. Before you start plunging, make sure any other openings in the sink are covered with rags or towels, and make sure the rubber cup is completely covering the clogged drain. From there, go ahead and start plunging. Rapid and forceful motions should do the trick.
2. Mix it Up – A simple mixture of common household products might alleviate the clog in your sink. You have two options here. The first is to put about half a cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by a half a cup of white vinegar. Finish off this acidic reaction by pouring hot water down the drain as well. The second mixture you can create is made out of baking soda and salt. In this case, just pour a whole cup of baking soda down there, and then a half-cup of salt. Leave it be for a few hours and then pour two cups of boiling water down the drain.
3. Just Hangin’ Around – If a “snaking” method is preferable for your clogged sink, you can try bending a metal hanger into a long and narrow hook shape. Push it down into the drain and try to scoop out or force down anything that might be causing the clog.