How to Clean a Dirty Sink Drain

About this Recipe

A clogged drain is never fun, whether it's in your kitchen or in your bathroom. Most likely, the reason for your clogged drain could be food stuck in the drain if it's in your kitchen sink, or a pile-up of other debris and grease build up. In the bathroom, your sink or bathtub drain can get clogged by the products we use, including shampoos and conditioners, and also the number one culprit which is hair. It can be easy just to go and grab some chemical drain cleaner from the store, but if you've ever used this stuff, you know just how toxic it can be. It even smells horribly toxic when you're using it in your bathroom.

Even though that bleach scent is something that people have come to associate with clean homes, it's actually pretty horrible for our health and for the environment. These chemical products are very harmful to ecosystems and can cause many living beings to die or get horribly ill. So it's a great idea to change our cleaning products to natural cleaners for our own health reasons but for the environment which can't handle us throwing toxins at it all the time.

This is a natural alternative to the toxic clogged drain cleaner you're used to using. It works just as good as the store bought clogged drain cleaner, and you don't have to subject yourself or the environment to any toxins in the process. If your clogged drain is taking a long time to let the water out of the sink or tub, you probably have a pretty bad drain clog of some sort. Instead of grabbing the clogged drain chemical solution, make this all-natural drain cleaner that works like a charm. All you need for this natural cleaner for clogged drains is some baking soda, lemon juice or white distilled vinegar and water. You'll drain all of the water out of the sink or tub first, and then you'll want to pour some boiling water down the drain to loosen up the gunk in the clogged drain.

Then, pour some plain baking soda down the clogged drain. You may need to use the handle of a spoon to pack it down into the drain. You can also use a funnel too if need be. Then, pour some lemon juice or vinegar down the drain. Both lemon juice and vinegar will work the same in having that deodorizing and fizzing effect with the baking soda to break down the clog. Leave the solution in the clogged drain for at least 30 minutes if the solution is bubbling up too much place something over the drain hole like a cloth to keep it all in the drain. Then come back and slowly pour more boiling water down the drain.

Doing these steps should clear out your drain really well, and it should also leave it smelling better than before. If it didn't fully get the clog in the clogged drain out, you could try the entire process again until you get the desired results. You can also use a hanger or a special drain cleaning tool to push through or pull out anything that's still stuck in there. When worse comes to worst, you may need to have a professional come and look at the clogged drain, or buy a plumbing snake to put down the drain to unclog a really tough clog. To prevent your drains from getting clogged, you can try to make sure that not too much hair goes down the drains in your bathroom by getting a drain strainer that will collect all of the hair before it has a chance to go down the drain.

You can also get one of these for your kitchen sink which will prevent your food chunks from going down the drain. Remember a normal sink drain is not a garbage disposal, so keep any food pieces out of the sink drain. Try out these cleaning tips to keep your drain free of clogs with natural cleaners and try out more of the cleaning tips from our website to see how they can improve your life.

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