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How do you unclog a drain?

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December 16, 20120 found this helpful

Put one cup of baking soda and one cup of salt in drain. Pour in boiling water.

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December 17, 20120 found this helpful

The very best is to use a plunger. I have a drain plunger (so I don't have to use the toilet plunger). I just read a tip on another website (one good thing by Jillee) that Alka-Seltzer has many uses, including unplugging drains. Then of course, after the plunger, use baking soda and vinegar and hot water to flush/sanitize. I also have a pair of long tweezers to pick things out. A long kitchen utensil would serve the same purpose. If none of the above work, then resort to commercial drain cleaners, such as Drano.

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December 17, 20120 found this helpful

Baking soda, as advised by the previous poster, is a mild base, and may work. The salt won't do anything. You can leave that out. It is also useful to try the plunger. If that doesn't work, your next try should be something like Drano or Liquid Plumber. Follow the directions, and DO NOT use plunger with these substances as they are very caustic and you may splash them about if you are plunging when they are in the sink.

If this is a bathroom drain, like in the shower, your first try should be to see if the drain is clogged with hair. You can reach down with a bent coat hanger or something like that. Often you can see the clog and just fish it out with your fingers.


A kitchen sink is usually clogged with fat and so sometimes the hot water will clear it (only to settle out later someplace else when it cools off), but the drain cleaner will mix with the fat and clear it out (just like oven cleaner cleans off the burnt on fat in your oven.) If those things don't clear the clog, call a plumber.

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