Makeshift Bathtub and Sink Stopper Ideas

Sometimes you may need some help closing a drain outlet. This guide contains makeshift bathtub and sink stopper ideas.

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Tip: Jam Jar Lid Sink Stopper

By Chuck 22 183

I'm an old bachelor who loves seedless red raspberry jam. I never buy regular seeded raspberry jam.

In Canton, Ohio, the supplier of choice for that product is Smuckers, located one town to the west of Canton.

I was washing utensils after canning tomatoes this afternoon and noticed that my sink drain seemed to be clogged. I didn't like that idea and when I finished the job and removed the plastic dishwashing pan I always use, I was amazed to see the metal lid from a Smucker's jam jar, 12 oz, had settled upside-down onto the sink drain and formed an almost perfect seal.

Over the years I've tried to make perfect sink-drain seals - using plastic bags, rubber stoppers, etc. Nothing worked, really.

My ceramic sink (stainless drain) may be really old, but every now and then a pleasant surprise arrives by accident.

Perhaps this tip might work for other kitchen laborers? And, aren't we all?

    Source: Discovered this completely and serependitiously -- which means by a really lucky accident.

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    Tip: K-Cup Drain Stopper

    By Craig J. 1

    Take an unused Keurig cup and place it in the drain. A great temporary solution that works like a charm!

    K-Cup Drain Stopper

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      Tip: Makeshift Bathtub Stopper

      If you can't find the stopper to your bathtub, the clean lid of a butter dish works well.

      By Camilla

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      Question: Makeshift Sink Stopper

      By DEBORAH 3 1

      I need to find a sink stopper what can I use for one?

      By Deborah W.

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      Best Answer

      By Tonya 4 130 Flag

      November 8, 2011

      Put a plastic lid over the drain then fill a glass or cup with water to weigh it down and set on the lid. It should stay in place long enough for you to do dishes, and the water not leak out. I just did this yesterday and it worked fine.

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      Tip: Emergency Sink Stopper

      By Sandi/Poor But Proud 466 2,132

      The house I am at doesn't have the disposal stopper. I like to do dishes with a full sink of water so this posed a problem. Then, I realized that a tall glass works wonders.

      Someone posted here once that certain jar lids worked so this is just another clever solution to those pesky problems that plague our lives. Easy Peasy!

      Hope this helps.

      Emergency Sink Stopper

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