10 Fast and Cheap Ways to Unclog a Kitchen Sink Drain

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A clog in the kitchen is one of the most common — and annoying — problems you can have in your household. It happens every now and then, seriously interfering with your daily chores. Fortunately, there are much cheaper and easier ways to solve the problem than calling a plumber.

We have collected 10 simple and safe ways to unclog a kitchen sink at home. Read and save them for emergencies.

1. Remove a greasy clog with baking soda, salt, and vinegar.

Let’s start with a strong solution, for those who don’t start fixing something until it becomes too serious for lighter measures. First of all, the magic starts with pouring hot water down the drain. It’ll help to soften a clog and break it up a little.

  • Take 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of salt. Mix them and pour into the drain hole.
  • Heat a cup of vinegar until it’s just ready to boil and pour it on other ingredients.
  • Quickly cover the drain, to not let the resulting foam out.
  • Wait 15 to 30 minutes, then finish with another portion of hot water.

2. Eliminate the problem with salt and boiling water.

If the clog isn’t serious or just started to form, you can opt for lighter measures. Salt will clean the pipe from the inside, removing bacteria and unpleasant odors at the same time. Because its effect is pretty mild, you’ll probably need to repeat the process several times — especially if the clog is bigger than you expected.

  • Take half a cup of salt and pour it into the drain hole.
  • Take a kettle of boiling water and pour it over the salt. Be careful to not let the hot water splash back on your hands or body.
  • Turn on the hot tap water and rinse the drain hole with more water.
  • Repeat if you feel it’s necessary.

3. Use vinegar and baking soda.

Vinegar and baking soda are the world’s classics when it comes to drain clog removal. This is a fast and simple solution you might not even have to spend a penny on because you most likely already have these ingredients in your kitchen.

  • Pour some boiling water down the drain. The more the better — you can pour a whole kettle in there.
  • Then add 0.5 — 1 cup of baking soda and leave it for a few minutes.
  • Now mix boiling water and vinegar in 1:1 proportion and pour it on top of the baking soda.
  • Cover the drain to make the mixture work its magic inside. You can use a plug, a plunger, or anything else — just don’t let it come out.
  • To top it off, pour another cup of hot water inside. Perfect!
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