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Tips For Clogged Sinks & Homemade Drain Cleaner Recipe

Here’s a tip sheet listing a few methods to clearing out drains in the kitchen sink (plugged bathtubs can benefit from these too). At the bottom you’ll find a suggestion for monthly maintenance and a homemade recipe to keep them as trouble free as possible.

SuppliesMethods

If you’re dealing with is a double sink, make sure to insert the stopper on one side, then work on the other side.

Caution:

Be careful if using chemical commercial products, wear eye goggles since the liquid can splash back up at you. If you’ve used a commercial product and it didn’t clear out the clog, call a plumber. You don’t want to add anything to the backed up liquid that might react badly to the chemicals in the cleaner. Also don’t try removing the trap since the chemical water can splash into your eyes and face. A professional is better equipped to handle this situation.

Video

If it’s a bathroom sink that’s slow to empty or plugged with hair and ickies, here’s a good video showing you step-by-step how to fix that up…



Easy Maintenance

Once a month clear things out with baking soda and hot water or the vinegar, baking soda and hot water flush. Here’s a recipe you can mix up in big batches and use monthly too:

1 part baking soda
1 part salt
1/4 part cream of tartar

Directions: