How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink?

Even though you thought your kitchen sink won’t get clogged anytime soon, it turned out that day came sooner than you thought. To make things even worse, you aren’t ready for solving that problem now. Well, we have good news for you-you’ll never be ready. Oh, and before you start freaking out, take a deep breath and keep on reading.

We’re not here to tease you; we want to help you out. There’s absolutely no reason for you to be worried about it. Quite the opposite, you can unclog that kitchen sink without calling a plumber (and spending a fortune on him).

You just need to learn how to do that, and that’s where this article comes in handy. Without further ado, let’s see different ways to unclog a kitchen sink easily and without creating a mess all over the kitchen.

The power lies in kitchen staples and tools

In this modern time, everything is designed to solve problems quickly and easily. Drain cleaners are just one of the examples.

Drain cleaners are super powerful and will clean pipes promptly. You might think drain cleaners are practical. But, we wouldn’t use them if we were you. As powerful as these products are, they are also very toxic and harmful to the draining pipe system.

Have you ever thought about the toxins these cleaners release into the air? Or how powerful they are? It’s not uncommon that drain cleaners damage the inside of the pipes, turning a small problem into a much bigger one.

So, to avoid this happen, you can use simple kitchen staples and common household items to unclog your kitchen sink. You’ll be impressed at their effectiveness and safety.

That being said, here are a few ways to unclog your kitchen sink.

How to unclog a kitchen sink with baking soda & vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar are used for cleaning many surfaces in your home, including a kitchen faucet, under-mount Sink, a double sink, etc.

Their power is unparalleled, especially when taken into account that these two are environmentally friendly. In addition, unclogging your sink with these ingredients is great if you have children.

Vinegar and baking soda will clean your drain without releasing toxins into the air. In fact, these two will remove harsh chemicals, odor, and residue in the sink.

On top of all, unclogging and cleaning your kitchen sink with the help of these two is much cheaper compared to buying drain cleaners, solutions, and chemicals.

Now, let’s see how to use these two ingredients to unclog your sink:

  • First, you’re going to need rubber gloves to protect your hands. Then, pour 1 cup baking soda into the sink drain. If baking soda doesn’t seem to go into the opening, use a spatula or spoon to speed up the process.
  • When baking soda has gone into the drain, add 1 cup vinegar into the opening. Now, these two will react, so don’t get scared. Let the mixture work for about 5 minutes.
  • Then add 2 cups of boiling water into the opening. Use a stopper to keep the reaction below the surface. Leave it like that for 10 minutes.
  • Finally, rinse with a pot of boiling water.
  • This should unclog your kitchen sink. However, you might need to repeat the process one more time to ensure great results.

Unclog your kitchen sink with baking soda and salt

Here’s another simple and cheap way to unclog your kitchen sink.

  • Pour ½ cup salt and 1 cup baking soda down the sink drain. Let the mixture sit for at least 6 hours. But overnight would be best.
  • Rinse the mixture with 2 cups of boiling water.

How to unclog a double kitchen sink

When unclogging a double kitchen sink you can also use the abovementioned steps. But, since here you have a double kitchen sink, there is a bit more work. So, you’ll need a plunger and/or a wire hanger.

  • Fill one sink partially with water, so that the rubber part of the plunger is covered. Use a wet rag to block extra openings. Now might be a good time to ask another person for help. Let them hold a wet rag over the second sink while you’re working on the first one.
  • Make sure the plunger is placed directly over the drain to create a vacuum. Use your strength to press the plumber up and down as vigorously as you can. Do this about 10-30 times.
  • Lastly, remove the plunger by quickly breaking the vacuum. The water should drain. Still, if that doesn’t happen, follow the next steps.
  • Unbend your old metal wire hanger and push it down the drain. This way, the clogged objects will be pushed away and the drain will be unclogged.

Take care of your kitchen sink regularly

Keeping your kitchen sink clean will prevent unclogging. So, make sure not to send certain stuff down the drain, such as grease, oil, coffee beans, peels of fruits and veggies, and hairs. All this will cause a clog in your drain.

Also, you should clean the drain on a regular basis. Feel free to use the abovementioned vinegar/baking soda recipe to keep the sink clean.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it – ways to unclog a kitchen sink without a need to call the plumber. You can try all these steps if you wish and find out which one works best. None of these ways is harmful to the plumbing system, so trying them will be fun. Yup, cleaning your kitchen drain doesn’t have to be boring at all.