Unclogging your kitchen sink shouldn’t have to require the use of harsh chemicals. With these safe, inexpensive and natural products — it doesn’t have to! All that you will need to accomplish this task is a box of baking soda, a bottle of white vinegar, a rag and a pot full of boiling water.
First what you will need to do is pour ½ the box of baking soda down the drain; the sink should be completely dry when you do this. For the next step, make sure you have your rag close by. Next, you will pour ½ cup of white vinegar down the drain following the baking soda. Immediately after you do this cover the drain with the rag so that nothing can get down it. The interaction between the baking soda and vinegar will cause a reaction that will come up through the drain if not covered. It is important that you keep it down the sink so that it can do its job of cleaning out the drain. After you cover the drain with the rag, leave it there for 30 minutes.
When the 30 minutes is up, make sure you have a pot of water boiled and ready to go. After the time is up, remove the rag from the drain and then slowly pour the boiling water down. Once you are done pouring the boiling water, you have completed all the necessary steps and your drain should be running smoothly again.
To prevent this from happening again too soon into the future, be aware of what you rinse down your sink. You should never use your sink to dispose of these things:
– Grease (from meats)
– Coffee Grinds
– Egg Shells
– Potato Skins
– Chicken Wing Bones
– Foods High in Starch (ex. pasta)
After about every cup of food you push down into your disposer, run cold water to give it a chance to catch up. It’s important that you don’t run too much of any kind of food down at once, because this can also cause a backup. Keep up with proper maintenance of your sink and repeat the steps in the process whenever you feel necessary.