How to Unclog a Sink {without Spending Money and without Using Chemicals}

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Ah… the clogged sink. If you’re a homeowner, at some point or other you will most certainly deal with this nuisance. It may start slowly over time, until one day you realize you’ve got a sink full of dirty water that isn’t going anywhere!

If you have this problem, you have a few options. You could head for the store and buy a bottle of expensive (and really strong!) cleaners to try to get it out. I’ve also tried the route of using hot water, vinegar, and baking soda. While this natural method does certainly seem to alleviate the problem, it doesn’t tackle the root of it.

My husband has a very practical, straight-forward and effective way of dealing with sink clogs that I wanted to share with you today. It’s almost embarrassingly easy and best of all, frugal. I should warn you though: this cleaning project is not for the faint of heart! It is extremely satisfying in that you will get to the source of the problem but understand, that source is likely that nastiest bunch of nasty you’ve encountered in awhile. OK, disclosure over. Moving forward!

Start by setting up your space. Under your sink, remove any items around your drain pipes. Place down some old rags or towels and find a bucket or bowl to place under the drain. You are going to be removing the portion that bends in a “u” shape (see where my husband is pointing). 

Eureka! We’ve struck gold! All my husband did here was unscrew that pipe piece you see in the bowl. Immediately we saw the problem – it was this big mess of nasty hair! All the drain solutions and vinegar in the world ain’t gonna touch that beast! It has to be removed.

Yeah, I warned you dealing with sink drains isn’t for the faint of heart! If you’ve got a really clogged sink, you might find some real nuggets of goodness in there!

My husband wanted to thoroughly clean this puppy, so he decided to remove the sink stopper. To do this, unscrew the nut behind the pipe.

This picture is a bit clearer. Of course, your sink may differ than ours. Whatever you do, just pay attention because at the end of this process, you’ll need to put it back as you found it. You might find taking photos of how things looked when you started will help you ensure you put them back correctly in the end.

After you’ve loosened the stopper from the bottom you should be able to remove it from the top of the sink.

As soon as I saw the removed stopper, I wanted to clean that thing so bad! Just gross!

Now we just so happened to have this huge wire brush on hand. Pretty sure it was for cleaning the coils under the fridge, but my husband wanted to use it for our sink. If you don’t have anything like this, no worries. A bottle brush or even a rag would work just as well. 

Clean the sink pipe properly now! That sink would probably thank you so much if it could!

And out pops that hair ball!

This is a bit of an odd picture, but it’s my husband shining a light up from the bottom of the opened sink. As you can see, it’s all clear now!

Here’s the finished, unclogged sink! Obviously, you’ll need to reattach the stopper and pipe. And of course, I wanted to give everything a really nice scrub when it was done. It’s so nice not having all that dirty water pool in the sink anymore.

The next time you’ve got a clog, instead of fretting, dousing it with harsh chemicals, or calling the plumber, try our simple method instead. It just might save you some money!

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