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Money (And Toxic Chemicals) Going Down Your Drain? 4 Affordable, Natural Options For Removing Kitchen Sink Clogs

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Washing dishes, cooking, and cleaning can wreak havoc on your kitchen sink. Leftover food, grease, dirt, and debris can build up inside your sink drain, leading to annoying clogs, foul odors, and expensive repairs. Considering the average cost to clear a tub, kitchen, or bathroom drain can run between $109 to $214, you may attempt to remove a clog on your own.  Unfortunately, removing the clog with drain cleaning chemicals creates toxic fumes and possible corrosion of your underlying plumbing due to the harsh chemicals. Using this guide, you can remove your kitchen sink clog in an affordable, natural manner.

Hot Water

A serious clog in your kitchen sink may have you feeling like you are in hot water. Thankfully, you can stop feeling like you are in trouble and use a pot of hot water to remove most clogs.

Fill a pot of water and place on your stove to begin boiling. Once the water is boiling rapidly, carefully remove it and pour the entire pot directly into your sink drain.

The boiling water will efficiently remove stubborn buildup, releasing the clog and allowing liquid to run through your drains again. 

Baking Soda Solutions

While surprising to hear, baking soda is an effective cleaning agent for your home. Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, is safe and gentle, but it is also strong enough to eat through tough stains and stubborn residue. If you are dealing with a clog in your kitchen sink, consider one of these solutions containing baking soda:

  • Baking Soda and Salt – Combine 1 cup of baking soda with ½ cup of salt in a bowl. Use a fork to stir. Rinse your sink drain with warm water by turning the faucet. Then, pour the bowl of baking soda and salt directly into the drain opening. Let the mixture rest overnight. In the morning, boil a pot of water and pour into the drain. The baking soda will eat through buildup inside your sink drain while the salt deodorizes the interior.
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar – Sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda into your sink before pouring in a ½ cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain with your sink stopper and allow the baking soda and vinegar to rest for 20 minutes. This time will also the combination to create carbonation, dissolving away tough debris inside your sink drain. After the time, pour a pot of boiling water into the sink drain. The baking soda will dissolve away food and other residue, but the natural antibacterial and antiviral properties of vinegar will clean and sanitize your sink and drain.

Wire Hanger

If hot water or one of the above baking soda solutions is not effective for releasing the clog in your sink, you may need to "snake" the drain using an old wire hanger. Unfortunately, this can be difficult if you lack patience.

To get started, undo a wire hanger to create one long piece of wire. Lubricate your drain by running water from the faucet for a few seconds. Then, insert one end of the wire hanger down into your sink drain. Gently push the wire into the drain until you reach the source of the clog. Do not force the wire through the clog, but move it around to loosen, pushing it through. Or, move the wire in an attempt to pull the clog back up into the sink so you can remove the debris by hand.

After releasing or removing the clog with the wire hanger, clean the drain by rinsing with a pot of boiling water.

A clog in your kitchen sink is a common problem, but it does not have to cost you a fortune or harm the environment and indoor air quality. Using these tips, you can remove the clog in an affordable, safe manner.

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