We know about the basic ways to unclog a drain, the ones that never really work that well. They all seem to get some of the clog out, but leave some behind. Here are seven ways you can unclog your drains for good.
Yes, you can even use your plunger in the sink. Make sure to remove the drain cover and plunge away. This will clear any blockages in your drains and pipes. If you don't want to use your toilet plunger on your sink, you can purchase mini plungers that will work perfectly.
The plunger will probably be the most effective way to remove all the gunk, but prepare yourself, the plunger will bring everything that's clogging your sink, right up to the surface. This is a little gross, and you will need to rinse out your sink after.
2. Chemical drain cleaner.
This isn't usually my number one go to, but if I have it in the house I usually use it. It is very quick and easy to use, just follow the instructions.
3. A hanger or zip-it.
Take a regular wire coat hanger and straighten it out as best you can. Then, bend one end over to create a small hook. Push that past the drain cover and start fishing. Sounds pretty simple but it works.
If the idea of using a coat hanger is a little gross for you, try using a Zip-It. These are made for the job and super cheap. The zip it has teeth at the end that hook onto all the nastiness and pull it right up.
4. Baking soda and vinegar.
This is a classic method but it works, and it's also one we usually forget about. Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. It will start reacting right away, so make sure you put it down the drain immediately after mixing it.
The fizzing of the the two products together will help to remove the gunk, hair, and grime that has built up in the pipe. Let it sit for at least one hour or even overnight if you can. Flush with warm water if possible.
5. Boiling water.
This is probably the easiest one of the list. Boil water, then pour it slowly down the drain taking a few pauses between pours. Do this about three times and it should unclog your drain. Just be careful if you have plastic pipes, as the boiling water may not be good for them.
6. Dish detergent.
This one works great if your toilet is clogged. Pour about 1/4 of a cup of detergent in your toilet. Then boil water and pour it in. Then, start plunging. The dish soap will act as a lubricant and help break up any greasy residue. This should do the trick.
7. Wet and dry vacuum.
If you don't already own one of these, try some of the other methods before you go out and buy one. If you do own one, they work great. Set the vacuum to liquids, then cover the vent, to prevent any mess.
Then create the tightest seal you can over the drain. If you put the vacuum on the highest setting, it should be powerful enough to pull out the clog.