7 Easy Ways to Unclog Drains

7 Easy Ways to Unclog Drains

The sink has been draining a little too slow these days and you’re probably wondering how in the world to solve the problem. It’s actually quite easy and with a few tools, you’re clogged drains will be a thing of the past.

How to Unclog Your Drains

1. Baking Soda and Vinegar

Sometimes a clogged sink or drain will start to smell. Not only will the baking soda and vinegar diminish the smells, but it can unclog the drain from any build up. To use, pour 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda and 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar down the drain. In no time you will watch the fizzing magic remove all the gunk.

2. Boiling Water

If you don’t have a kettle, put a pot on the stove to boil some water and slowly pour it down the drain in two or three different stages. This is the easiest method as it requires one ingredient; boiling water.

3. Cleaning the pipes

This one does not require a plumber if you can muster up the strength and smells to unclog the drain. What you will need to do is place a bucket under the pipes and free the traps to remove any of the build up inside. Turn it upside down and shake off any of the remaining contents inside the bucket. This one is efficient for getting that tough gunk removed.

4. Dish Detergent

Hopefully we are all using dish detergent so it is not something you will need to go out and buy. This useful trick is especially great for a clogged toilet. To unclog a toilet, pour 1/4th of a cup in the bowl as it will act as a lubricant and break up any residue. Once the detergent has been sitting, pour hot water in and plunge.

5. Salt and Baking Soda

For a blocked drain, pour ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of salt down the drain and leave it for 10-20 minutes. The salt and baking soda together with hot water will help dissolve anything blocking the drain.

6. Wet and Dry Shop Vacuum

Set the vacuum to liquids to surprisingly unclog the drain. Turn the machine to the highest setting to unclog the pipe and into the vacuum bag. You will want to create a tight seal to cover the drain for this to work effectively. Get creative with sealing the openings by using a plunger head.

7. Wire Hanger

Straighten out your coat hanger and add a small hook to one end. You will use this hook to fish out any gunk from the bottom of the drain. Once you are satisfied with what you have removed, run hot water to remove any excess muck.