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How-To: Unclog the Sink

Brushing your teeth and realize that the water level is rising dangerously high? Your sink is clogged, and with who knows (and wants to know) what. Not so fast! You don't need to hire a plumber or reach for a bottle of noxious chemicals to make your drain so fresh and so clean. You can handle the task with just a few household ingredients.


  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup lemon juice

To learn the steps,


  1. Pour the baking soda down the drain.
  2. Then, the vinegar.
  3. Rinse with hot water.
  4. Plug the opening with some type of stopper and let it bubble away.
  5. Then, pour in the lemon juice.

Easy as pie! The acidic reaction of the first two steps will eat away at whatever is down there, and the citrus will kick any gnarly scents.

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0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
Can't wait to try this! Thanks. :)
pinkerbell03 pinkerbell03 9 years
I've been doing this for years!! It works well, but only after the water drains (s l o w l y) out. If I don't have a lemon handy, I'll use an orange, it still works, and smells super yummy!!
starbright14 starbright14 9 years
I would recommend using the PLUNGER on the drain too... it helps move things through the drain. Just fill up the sink and plunge the water on through... works like a charm!
geohiker geohiker 9 years
I just tried this on my slow bathroom sink; I did it twice but it worked great - thanks for posting this!
emalove emalove 9 years
Great! Thanks, Casa.
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 9 years
i am sending this link to all my friends and family. thank you.
jennytrauma jennytrauma 9 years
just in time, im sick of rushing in the am and having to wait till the sink finally drains.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I use this receipe all the time sans the lemon. It's great.
details2 details2 9 years
swt-strwbrry-sgr swt-strwbrry-sgr 9 years
omg, i was going to mention this when I saw the post. sweet, I knew something! also, you can pour vinegar and an alka-seltzer in a ziploc bag and rubber band it over your sink spout or shower head to remove limescale. warning: add alka seltzer after rubber band and bag are in place. it foams like crazy!
KatieDearest KatieDearest 9 years
I love helpful posts like this! I'm trying it tonight because my bathroom sink drain is ALWAYS clogged.
eeeyore138 eeeyore138 9 years
We've tried drano multiple times on our bathroom sink but it just won't work, it's been slow since we moved in. So the landlord finally got the plumbers to take a look at things last week - Now the sink does not drain at ALLL! I've had to brush my teeth using the tub or kitchen for a week... The plumbers are supposed to come today to fix it... let's just say i dont have much trust in them!
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
I usually use bleach when my drains start to run slow and that fixes them right up. I'll try this since it's better for the environment!
mo_ri_ah mo_ri_ah 9 years
Thanks!! Not only am I going to use this for my bathroom, but I passed it on to my friend who needs it bad!
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
Thank you! This is good info. My sinks clog all of the time and I get tired of buying drain stuff.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yes perfect timing for me too! My stupid sink is always clogging! I think the pipes in our apartment are just super skinney or something...
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Thank you! Always useful!!
foxie foxie 9 years
Great to know! We have a clogged tub right now, but I've been postponing fixing it because I didn't want to buy Drain-o.
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
We had problems with our tub when we first bought our house and tried who knows how many chemicals to get it to stay clear. Finally, one day I just unscrewed and lifted off the drain cover, stuck some needlenose pliers down there and started pulling stuff out. It was like 3 lbs of hair and slime (gag!). No amount of anything was going to dissolve that giant hairball! Sometimes you just got to get in there and find out what the clog is, depending on the design of your tub or sink.
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 9 years
I assume this will work on a tub drain, too, which is the consistent problem in my house! We've been using the heaviest-duty Liquid Plumr, but I'm tired of buying it and feeling guilty every time I use it because I know it's crap for the environment, plus it doesn't seem to work for more than a few weeks at a time anyway!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good to know!
ella1978 ella1978 9 years
Hm, perfect timing for me, I have a nasty clog in my sink that I can not get rid of. I'm this close to calling a plumber, but I'll try this first! Thanks.
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