How To Unclog A Sink The DIY Way

A clogged sink is a trivia issue that can cause big problems. If it’s your kitchen sink, you might be dealing with dirty dishes that are piling up or having a difficult time with after dinner cleanup. There are many easy methods to clear a clogged sink before you decide to call a plumber. Chances are that you will save a lot of money by fixing this minor issue yourself. You might be able to save yourself the additional expense by taking DIY route and using simple methods that work. If you’re a person who prefers to avoid using chemicals in your home, this list is perfect for you.

clogged sinkYou might be inclined to seek professional help on how to unclog a sink. Before you do, consider trying all of the processes below. You don’t have to be tech savvy to take care of a blocked drain. It is likely clogged with soap scum and hair. In the case of a kitchen sink, it could be food causing the problem. Try the obvious. If your kitchen sink is clogged, turn on the disposal and see if this drains the standing water in the sink.

To start, lift out the stopper from your sink. If you’re dealing with a bathroom sink or tub drain, the stopper may be attached to the sink itself. If this is the case, you can pull out the stopper by removing the pivot rod that keeps it attached to the sink. You may need to equip yourself with slip joint pliers to pull out the pivot rod and stopper.

Hot water

It may seem like water is the issue and not the solution. However, hot water can clear up the problem relatively quickly. First, remove any standing water from the sink using a small cup or something similar. Pour boiling hot water down the drain. You can follow this up by pouring a half cup of salt down the drain followed by more water. You can use regular table salt for this. The hot water should “melt” the substance that is clogging your drain. If the sink does not begin to drain, remove the standing water and repeat the process.

Baking soda and vinegar

Another method of clearing your clogged drain uses baking soda and vinegar. Start by pouring baking soda down the drain and following it with white or apple cider vinegar. The mixture will begin to bubble. Once the bubbles subside, you can place the stopper in the sink and wait for about 15 minutes.

Baking soda and salt

Mix a cup of baking soda with a half cup of salt. Pour this mixture into the sink. Remove any standing water that may be present first. You’ll probably need to allow the mixture to sit there for seven or eight hours. Finish the process and ensure the clog has been cleared by pouring boiling water down the drain. The combination of a half cup of baking soda and a half cup of warm vinegar will help prevent clogs from happening in the future. This will also eliminate any odors and keep your sink smelling decent.


Sometimes a good old fashioned plunging is what your sink needs. Add enough water to cover up the bell of the plunger when it is in the sink. Plunge vigorously until you hear or feel the clog clear.

Auger or plumber’s snake

You can use a plumber’s snake to remove. This is a great way to remove items stuck deeper within the drain. Place the snake apparatus as far within the drain as you can, wiggle it around to catch debris and begin pulling up the snake. You know this method has worked well when you pull up the snake and see particles all over the snake.

A basic coat hanger will also do the trick when it comes to clearing a clogged drain. Untwist a wire hanger and make it as straight as possible. Use this to fish out anything that may be clogging the drain. The wire hanger will not reach as far into the drain as a plumber’s snake but you should be able to clear at least some of the clog. There are lots of effective tricks for getting gunk out of your drain cheaply and quickly. No more water pooling in the sink or under your feet in the shower.