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Five Tips for Unblocking a Kitchen Sink Drain

Is your kitchen clogging becoming a nightmare for you?

Well, you are not alone. Kitchen sink clogs can be frustrating, and any solution to deal with the issue is welcome. Should you call a plumber to deal with the problem? Not just yet. There are numerous DIY tips that you can employ to deal with the issue before calling a plumber.

DIY solutions are welcome as they help you save extra bucks that you can use for other purposes.

If the drain blockages are becoming a real pain, you can look for licensed and reliable professionals to handle it, suggests the experts at Silverwater Plumbing.

Cleaning Blocked Drain Clog In Kitchen Sink Using Plunger

How can you unclog your kitchen sink drain?

Imagine a situation where your counter is full of dirty dishes, and the sink is blocked with water backing up. It can be frustrating, and you can find yourself calling a plumber. But before you can dial the number, how about you try out these DIY solutions?

Use boiling water

Using boiling water is one of the most effective, effortless, and inexpensive unclogging your sink. All you have to do is place a pot of water on the stove and heat it to a rolling boil.

As the water is boiling, it would help to remove as much water as you can from the sink.

After the water has boiled, pour it into the sink.

Sometimes the clog may not go in the first attempt. If the clog doesn’t go, give the water some time to cool and remove it from the sink. Heat another pot of water to a boiling point and pour it into the sink.

Repeat the process until the clog is gone.

Use a plunger

Using a plunger is another efficient way of unclogging your sink. If you have a double sink, it would be best first to seal off the second side with a stopper.

Using a plunger to unclog, the sink works best if combined with water. You can start by boiling water in the pot and then pouring it into the sink. Fill the sink to a ¼ or ½ full.

After that, lace the plunger, hold it firmly over the drain and plunge it vigorously many times. Pull the plunger from the drain and check if the water starts to drain.

If it doesn’t drain, repeat the process until the clog is removed. Remove the plunger and clear the drain using warm water if you hear a suction.

If the method doesn’t work, then use another one.

Use baking soda and vinegar.

Are you still looking for a solution for your clogged sink? Baking soda and vinegar is a combination that you should try out.

First, ensure that you have gloves for safety purposes. Use a pot or a cup to remove all the standing water on the screen. You can put the water in a bucket.

After that, put one cup of baking soda in the sink drain. If you wish, you can use a spatula to force the baking soda down the drain.

Next, put one cup of vinegar into the drain opening and then put the stopper to move the vinegar down the drain. You should then wait for about five minutes for the mixture to work on the clog.

Finally, run hot water to see if the drain has unclogged. If not, you can repeat the process several times until the clog is clear.

Salt and baking soda

This is another combination that you can try out in unclogging your kitchen sink drain.

To use this method, mix a half cup of salt with a cup of baking soda (HuffPost) and then pour the mixture into the sink. Ensure the mix goes down the drain and then allow it to sit for several hours.

After that, boil the water and pour it into the drain to see if the clog unblocks. If the method doesn’t work for the first time, you can repeat the process.

Clean the p-trap

You may have to clean the p-trap of your kitchen’s drain to do away with the clog. The p-trap is usually in a cabinet under the sink. It is at the curve of the drainpipe.

First, place a bucket under the sink to collect any water that may drain out from the sink and then detach the p-trap. Empty the water from the trap into the bucket and then check it for any clogs. Run hot water into the sink to see if the drain unclogs.

If the clog still doesn’t go, you can use a plumber’s snake, also known as an auger, to remove clogs that may be stuck down the system.

If you don’t have a plumber’s snake, you can make do with a coat hanger and modify it to unclog the drain.


Unclogging your kitchen sink drain doesn’t have to be an expensive affair after all. You can employ any of the above unclogging tactics and clear the clog.

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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