4 simple ways to unclog a kitchen sink drain without a plunger

Try these easy, chemical-free solutions to fix a clogged kitchen sink drain. Source: Getty

There’s nothing more annoying than a clogged kitchen sink, especially when you have a stack of dirty dishes waiting to be washed.

But between the old food, soap and other debris, the drain can get pretty clogged up from time to time, which can lead to bad smells and hard-to-budge blockages, causing absolute mayhem in the kitchen.

While most sinks these days have plugs that catch food and other dirt, stopping it from going down the drain, it doesn’t mean you’ll always stop debris from slipping through.

When our drains become blocked, it may be tempting to reach for the bleach or a drain acid. But before you do, try these easy, chemical-free solutions for a quick fix.

Vinegar and baking soda

It turns out all you need is a little bit of baking soda and some vinegar to fix a clogged kitchen sink drain.

To get started, pour about a half-cup of baking soda into the clogged drain, followed by an equal amount of white or apple cider vinegar. The mixture will foam and fizz up, eating away at all the dirt and debris clogging up the sink. Once it’s stopped foaming and fizzing, just rinse some water through the sink.

Boiling water

This is probably the easiest and quickest way to unclog a drain and you only need two things: a kettle and running water. All you have to do is pour a kettle of boiling water (hot tap water won’t do the trick) directly down the sink drain. This should help dissolve any old food, soap and other debris that is clogging up the drain.

Baking soda and salt

This is another useful combination to keep on-hand in case your sink clogs up in the near future! Mix about a half-cup of baking soda with an equal amount of table salt, and pour down the blocked drain. Let the mixture sit for 10 to 20 minutes, then pour boiling water down. The baking soda, salt and boiling water will cause a chemical reaction that should dissolve some of the dirt and debris clogging up the sink. If it doesn’t work the first time, you can repeat this process.

Coat hanger

If all else fails, head to your wardrobe and pull out an old wire coat hanger and straight it out as best as you can. Then, bend a hook on one end and use it to pick up any nasty stuff you can reach. (Just be careful not to scratch your sink with it!) Once you’ve gotten all the gunk out, just rinse some hot water through the sink.

Have you tried any of these tricks before? Do you have any tricks for unblocking your sink?

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