Natural Ways To Unclog a Sink

Natural Ways To Unclog Your Drain

No one likes dealing with the harsh chemicals of drain cleaner. What is even worse is having a plumber come over to fix the problem. Not only is it costly, but inconvenient.

What are some ways you can naturally unclog your drain with things you have around your home before you give in and call a professional?


Natural Ways To Unclog Your Sink


First, try the boiling water method:

  • Boil a pot of water on your stove.
  • Place an old cloth in your drain hole.
  • Have someone else carry over the boiling water and pour it slowly down the sink. If you have a garbage disposal, this is the time to turn it on.
  • If this doesn’t work the first time, give it another shot.

The Baking Soda Method:

  • This only works if you can get the water to drain, even slowly.
  • Dump a cup or two of baking soda in the drain. Allow it to sit for a minute or so.
  • Slowly add equal parts of white vinegar to the drain. Expect it to bubble, as this is what it is supposed to do in order to clear the drain.
  • Try slowly turning on the sink to see if the water is draining. Repeat if necessary.

Plunge it:

  • You can do this in conjunction with any of the other methods, but never do it with a chemical drain cleaner.
  • just place the plunger over the drain hole and plunge it. Make sure there is water in the basin of the sink.

Hydrogen peroxide and Baking Soda:

  • If the vinegar method didn’t do much, try this heavier duty one.
  • Use equal parts baking soda and peroxide.
  • Sprinkle some baking soda and a pinch of salt down the drain.
  • Pour your peroxide, very slowly, down the drain and allow to foam up. If it is not foaming, you may need newer baking soda.
  • Allow to do it’s job and then test to see if the drain is clear.


To maintain your newly unclogged drain, pour a kettle of boiling water an lemon juice down the drain at least once a month. To keep your garbage disposal smelling nice, grind up some citrus peels with water once in a while as well.

If you don’t have a sink snake, you can also try using a wire hanger that is unfolded. Just be very careful to not puncture anything.

Before calling a plumber, what do you try on your sink when it gets clogged?

4 Replies to “Natural Ways To Unclog a Sink”

  1. Silas Knight says: Reply

    I hate dealing with blocked drains, that’s the worst. I had no idea that there were so many at-home methods for dealing with a plugged drain, this is great! I will have to try the baking soda and vinegar next time the shower or sink gets blocked up, thanks.

  2. These are great advice, and I am very interested in trying this baking soda followed by white vinegar method for unclogging sinks! Very helpful, thanks for sharing!

  3. Charles Kimotho says: Reply

    Hey Christine,

    I like your idea about unclogging a kitchen sink. Your post is very great. In my case, I prefer using baking soda, vinegar, and hot water. They work well for me. All I do is that I pour some spoonfuls of vinegar down the drain.
    I then add a cup of vinegar and allow the reaction to last for 30 minutes. I will then pour hot water to rinse off the reactants.
    Thank you for the post.

  4. Baking soda and vinegar is a good way to solve this problem!

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