Clogged Kitchen Sink

My kitchen sink is clogged on the garbage disposal side. I have tried baking soda, vinegar, hot water, and a plunger, but it's still clogged. Does anyone have any other suggestions?


By Alice J

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February 17, 20120 found this helpful
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Try this. In large roaster type boiler, bring water to boiling and pour down drain. Add about a cup of ammonia, staying back away from the fumes. While that is working boil another large pot of water and pour down the drain. If the first water does not drain through after it sets for awhile you will need to remove most of the water and use a plunger. If that doesn't work, call the plumber.

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February 17, 20120 found this helpful
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Pour Dawn dish detergent in the drain. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then pour a kettle full of boiling hot water down the drain.


It will probably release the clog immediately. Use the plunger to get the drain clean. This has worked well for me. I saw this tip on Thriftyfun and it works.

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February 18, 20120 found this helpful
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Go on the other side of the wall and unscrew the drain cap. It might be one that has a protruding square or one that is flush and has a slot. Either way, open it up, then use a snake in it.

I hate to say this but I have used a tape measure before with great results. You can also use the garden hose with a straight jet of water. Is it the drain or the disposal ? You could remove the pipe that leads into the disposal from the drain.

Check to see if it is clear. What ever you do, do not use that liquid drain opener. That stuff cost us seven thousand dollars when it ate sixty foot of drain pipe away. Not worth it.

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February 19, 20120 found this helpful

I found this awhile back and saved it along with my pickle juice for the next kitchen sink clog.


Full Credit goes to Luana M. from San Diego, CA (Thrifty fun 10/19/2011)

Pickle Juice for Clogged Drains

We all have had clogged drains and like many I go to my faithful baking soda and vinegar. Which I did 2 times. I must tell you that usually this always works, even if you notice a drain that is slow to drain. This time no such luck. I used 2 boxes of baking soda and a full jar of vinegar result; nothing.

I called my daughter 2000 miles away and she was trying to help me. We both do the same things and always swap tips; usually its her asking me. This time I needed her. She ask if I had done the usual (good girl) than said use dish soap and boiling water. I put 1/2 of the dish soap in each side and boiled 2 full pots of water. The water slowly went down to where I could clean the residue up which was left in the sink. It is full of bacteria and germs. I knew I didn't want to breath or have near me.


Afterward I ran water to clean out the sink, and once again it started backing up! My daughter had sent me a link. I went to look if there was anything I could do without having to call my landlord.

I had already done everything I always do, plus broke my plunger on top of it. There in front of me I saw something I had never heard of; use the left over juice from any pickled products you may have. In my case I had dill pickle juice, jalapeno juice and a jar which only had a few long pickles in it (which I enjoyed).

So I dumped all of these together and brought to a boil. Smelling this brought back many memories from my childhood which was filled with long summers of putting up pickles, every kind of pickles in fact it was years before I ate pickles after leaving home.


These memories now were happy ones, funny how that works.

I was glad I learned so many things growing up in the country. What I had read said "be very careful do not let the mixture touch your skin or breath too deeply". I'm not sure why but I thought I should share it.

I poured the hot, boiling pickling juices into each sink, and went off to bed. Next morning the clog was gone. The pickling juices had taken away the last of a very tough built up in the pipes. Thank goodness I am thrifty, and had saved all of those jars of juice; not only for eating now I found another use.

I did have a hairline crack which I wouldn't have even known about if my landlord didn't believe what I had done worked. John (plumber) came out and found the crack but told my landlord I did the right thing. Draino or other chemicals get into the water system, and are bad for the pipes if used too often or incorrectly. John said in his own house, he does 1/3 cup baking soda and 1cup vinegar every other week as maintenance, to help with no build up or odors of any kind. How nice to see others being ECO friendly.


Things worked out as they were suppose to. I didn't have to pay, a leak which could have lead to mold was found and I got a little bit of joy by my using the things I already had without chemicals. I found that little bit of joy a much needed help while cleaning up the mess afterwards. Using of course baking soda, vinegar and lemon.

I am now out of all my saved up juices. I'm wondering of I can freeze them when I have more than I need for emergencies, hum?

No waste not the pickles (jalapenos) juices or the glass which I always recycle!

Source: My grandmother and my daughter; I do not know which article was sent, but it was from a book when plumbing was first being used.

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February 19, 20120 found this helpful

Pour about 1/4 cup of Dawn dishing washing liquid in sink and follow with A kettle of boiling water. This trick even works on commode stop ups! Good luck and God bless!

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