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DIY: Unclog Your Sink With Baking Soda And Vinegar

We’ve all had clogged up sinks in our life. One moment the water is swirling away and everything in the world seems right. The next moment, your basins water is taking years to disappear and the world starts to fall apart. Thankfully, there’s an easy home remedy that will fix your problem in no time and with minimal effort. Another plus is that this method is far more eco-friendly than buying a product for unclogging sinks!

Take note though, that if your basin is completely blocked, you may want to opt for a store-bought product. If your basin still has some water flow, then give this method a go.

All you need for this method is:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda/Bicarbonate Soda


Boil And Pour Water Down The Drain

Once there is no water in your basin, boil an entire kettle of water and gradually pour it down the drain. Don’t let all the water disappear! You want some of the hot water to be in the basin.

Prepare The Baking Soda

Pour about half a cup of baking soda over the drain. Let it rest in the drain for a few minutes before continuing the process.

Pour The Vinegar And Begin To Mix

Pour 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of boiled water onto the baking soda. This will start the chemical reaction.

Once the mixture of vinegar, hot water and baking soda disappear, cover the drain with a plug immediately and let the chemical reaction continue inside the basins drain.

One More Flush

After about 15 minutes, pour another kettle of boiling water down the drain.


This method works best with drains that aren’t fully clogged yet because of the chemical reaction process.

The first bit of the process combines hot water and baking soda which will begin to loosen the stuff that’s blocking the drain.

Combining this mixture of baking soda and water with vinegar will cause an explosive-like chemical reaction that is responsible for removing the sludge that is blocking your drain.

The final kettle of water that you pour down the drain will be the last bit of force needed to wash away the sludge or whatever else is blocking your drain.

Alternate Method:

There is a similar method that uses salt and baking soda.

Mix half a cup of salt with half a cup of baking soda and pour it down the basin’s drain. Try to get as much of it down there as possible and let it rest for around 18 minutes. Pour a kettle of boiled water down the basin and cover the drain to let the chemical reaction do its thing.