How to unclog a kitchen sink

By | July 3, 2016

Clean and unclog the kitchen sink

The food waste that falls into the sink in minute quantities, accumulates into a fat sized clog that eventually turns your sink into a pool. The clog is mostly composed to organic matter, grease and oily substances that all originate from your food recipes.

Keeping your kitchen sink drain pipe clean is essential hygiene. The build up in the drain pipe is not only dirty, but a growing ground for germs, bacterias and other problems.

One way to do this is by opening up the pipes beneath the sink and cleaning them and then assemble them back. However this can be too much of too complicated work. Or you can call a plumber for some extra bucks.

Another option is to use one of those commercial drain cleaner solutions. However many of those drain cleaning chemicals are toxic and need to handled with great caution. Hence consumers tend to avoid them and use other simpler and natural solutions that are safe.

Here in we show you some very simple tricks that can clean up the mess inside the pipes without too much of work. Keep reading.

1. Try unclogging with a thin plastic strip

If there is enough fancy dirt on the drain, clean it away with your own hands. Wear cleaning gloves to avoid contact with the rotten dirt.

Get a thin stick like thing made of plastic or wood and poke it inside the drain hole and push the clogged matter further and loosen it out. Pour some water again and push again.

Keep doing it for a few minutes till you have cleared as much as possible. This will make space to pour in cleanser liquids and powders.

You may also want to try a plunger to loosen the clog material inside the pipe.

If you don’t have one, try getting a Zip-It from

2. Clean with baking soda + vinegar

Baking soda with vinegar causes a fizzy reaction that happens to clean organic and oil dirt and debris easily.

Pour in about a half a cup of backing soda in the drain hole. You can also mix about half a cup of salt with this. Make sure that it goes into the hole and does not just stay on the top. Try pushing with a thin stick if needed.

Now pour in about half a cup of plain white vinegar into it. This will cause a fizzy reaction that will cause the scum inside the pipe to loosen out and become easy to clean.

Let the vinegar and baking soda do the job for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile boil about a kettle of water, for the next step.

3. Pour hot and boiling water

Once the baking soda and vinegar have done their work, pour in about a liter of hot boiling water into the drain to flush out the residues.

The drain pipe should now be clean and clear.

4. Dishwash liquid

Pour about 1/4 cup of Dawn dishing washing liquid in sink, followed by hot water. This should clean up any remaining mess from the drain pipes.

5. Wipe the rest of the sink with vinegar

If there is scum on the surface and sides of the sink, or if it smells, then simply soak vinegar in a sponge and wipe the whole sink clean.

Vinegar not only cleans dirt, but also sanitizes the whole area and deodorizes. Finally your sink should look and feel clean and fresh. Good job!

Extra tips and advice

It would be an excellent idea to prevent clogging of drain. Get one of those drain protector plastic caps to cover the drain hole. These caps have much smaller perforations compared to the drain holes and block any solid or semi-solid matter from falling into the pipe.

The solid waste accumulates over the cap which can be cleared once every few days. This keeps the drain pipe cleaner for a longer time and lesser clogs to clean. However, you may have to work a bit to find the right sized cap for your sink. You can find plenty of such drain caps on

If you have a garbage disposal installed beneath the sink, then make sure to first disconnect it from the power supply. Also be very careful to never put your hands directly into the garbage disposal unit.

If none of the above method helps out, the clog probably is too big and strong. The only option then is to open the pipes below and clean them. You may have to call a plumber for the job.

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