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How do I unclog a sink drain? what is a home remedy?
House & Home / 6:18 PM - Wednesday May 27, 2009

how do I unclog a sink drain? what is a home remedy?

the bathroom sink drain is clogged with hair and lotion. I want to use a home remedy.

- Asked by Female, 46-55, Dallas

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Remove contents from sink.

Step 2 Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain.

Step 3 Pour in one cup of vinegar into the drain.

Step 4 Cover the drain with a lid and wait fifteen minutes. The baking soda and vinegar will have a chemical reaction, breaking down the clog.

Step 5 Rinse the drain with hot water to clear it out.

Step 6 Repeat if necessary.

- Response by potroast, A Thinker, Female, Who Cares?, Teaching

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What works for me is to unbend a wire hanger and use it to pull the glob of hair and lotion out of there. I don't like using harsh chemicals.

- Response by utahmom, A Thinker, Female, 56-65, Managerial

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a plunger or a plumbers snake

- Response by pepperman46, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 46-55

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Unscrew the cover to the drain and use an auger to unclog it. It's a long thing that screws down the pipe to loosen and remove whatever is blocking the drain. No chemicals necessary.

- Response by joybird, A Creative, Female, Who Cares?, Therapist

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Let it be your kitchen sink, wash basin or bathtub drain, clogged drain is one of the most common household problem experienced by everyone. Generally people take professional help for unclogging the drains but you can easily unclog a drain with the effective home remedies. Some of the effective home remedies for unclogging a drain are listed below:

Pour Hot Water: Pouring hot water in basins, sinks and tubs is one of the effective home remedies for unclogging a drain. Once you get rid of clogged drain make sure that on weekly basis you pour hot water in sinks, basins and bathtubs.

Vinegar and Baking Soda: This another effective home remedy for unclogging a drain. Put around ½ cup of baking soda in the clogged drain and then ½ cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain and allow it to stand overnight, next morning with hot water flush the drain.

Pour Hot Salt Water: Pouring hot salt water is highly effective in clearing material causing clogging. Before pouring hot water add some salt to it and then flush the clogged drains.
Mix Baking Soda and Salt: Mixture of washing soda and salt is effective home remedy for severely clogged drains. Mix washing soda and salt in equal quantities and put in the clogged drain followed with pouring boiling water. Leave it overnight and flush the drain with hot water.

Use Washing Soda: To 3 gallons of boiling water add 1lb of washing soda and pour inside the drain and leave it overnight. This is another effective home remedy for unclogging a drain.
Use Plunger: Besides unclogging toilets plunger is also effective in unclogging other drains. Place the plunger on the clogged drain and pump straight at least 15-20 times.
Use Plunger Snake: In case you find plunger ineffective then you can use snake plunger.

To prevent clogging of drains in future make sure that you avoid draining items that can clog the drain. And on the weekly basis flush hot water in all the drain, this is effective home remedy to prevent clogging of drains.

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- Response by uasked, A Career Woman, Female, 56-65

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Take the P-trap (the part below the sink that loops down and back up) apart below if it's newer plumbing it will just be PVC that you can unscrew quite easily and then manually clean it out -- far better then any home remedies, that's what I would do.

- Response by A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 29-35, Who Cares?

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keep pouring boiling water down it.

- Response by sunlady1120, A Thinker, Female, 56-65, Self-Employed

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Its very simple actually. Plug up the overfill opening in your sink so that you have a vacuum. Then fill the sink partly full with water. Then take a toilet plunger, place it over the drain and start plunging

- Response by gilpill, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 46-55, Chicago, Internet / New Media

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Sleep with a plumber.

- Response by llafsroh, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 46-55, Boston, Science / Engineering

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- Response by fastercat, A Guy Critical, Male, 46-55, Indianapolis, Other Profession

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