Clearing a Sluggish Sink

How can one clear an extremely slow bathroom sink drain without using caustic chemicals?

By Jay from Reston, VA

January 19, 20100 found this helpful

I use a product called "Flow!" (I think it's only available from It's made from a naturally occurring bacteria, which will eat through clogs safely. It's also biodegradable, kills odors, and is safe for the septic system. It always works for my slow-running drains in tubs and sinks and I like not choking on fumes.

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January 19, 20100 found this helpful

Run hot water in it till it clears up, good luck.

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January 19, 20100 found this helpful

Try with a mix of :

2 cups water + 1/4 cup vinegar + 2 Tsp. soup

Mix in a bottle and spray into the sink hall

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

Pour some Dawn dish detergent in the drain. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. Follow it with a kettle of hot water and use the plunger. Put your finger in the air vent or plug the hole so the plunger can get suction. Works for me!!

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January 21, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks to all for their suggestions. I tried the vinegar and baking soda and detergent and hot water ideas to no avail because the drain was too far gone. Finally had to use the pipe wrench solution and clean out the trap by hand, which was filled with thick black sludge. I will try the suggestions for keeping the drain clear now!

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January 21, 20100 found this helpful

Hi, at your hardware store ask about a product that is a long flexible plastic rod that has little upward teeth on it. All you do is stick this down your drain and pull up. It is unreal what you will pull up, works great and no chemicals. Sorry i cant remember the name of it but they will know what you are talking about at the hardware store. Have a great day..Deby

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January 23, 20100 found this helpful

I keep a plunger used only for my sinks. I usually put some Dawn or another grease cutter and add boiling water. After a few minutes, I use the plunger and it has always worked for me. I hate using chemicals.

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