How Do You Clean a Clogged Kitchen Sink With Items in the Home?


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To unclog a drain with household items, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar. The mixture foams, so be careful to give it room to expand back into the sink. After three hours, flush the drain with boiling water.

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If the drain is clogged by grease, pour 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a large pot of boiling water. The salt helps to break down the grease, and the boiling water softens it, so the grease can be flushed out. For tougher clogs, use a wire clothes hanger to break up the obstruction. Unbend the wire until it is straight, and then push it down into the drain. It can help to bend a small hook onto the end of the wire to pull out any clumps blocking the pipe. If the clog is really tough, place a bucket under the pipes below the sink, and use a pipe wrench to remove the piece of pipe that bends into a horseshoe. Clean out the loose piece of pipe, and then check the remaining attached pieces to see if there's anything in the pipes preventing the water from draining.

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