How to Unclog a Slow Running Sink Drain in Your Bathroom

A slow running sink drain shouldn’t be marked as a minor problem because letting it stay that way for a long time can cause further damages to your drainage system and would even lead to even bigger problems. To ensure that you don’t let this problem prolong its stay in your drainage system and fix it right away, there is a natural solution in which you can use common solvents that, are usually found inside your home. So if ever you have this problem right now, check out this simple solution that will get rid of your drainage problem.

Get your materials ready – There’s no doubt that there are lots of drain cleaner products available on the market but these things can be corrosive and may even cause allergic reactions as well as respiratory problems. As a safer alternative, you can make use of common household items such as baking soda, vinegar, rags, lemon, and boiling water. Just get them all ready and prepare for the next step.

Measure out all of your materials – Take 1 cup of white vinegar, ½ cup of baking soda, and 1 large pot of boiling water. You can also use sink stopper as a handy kind of tool.

Pour in the baking soda into the drain – When pouring the baking soda, make sure that it goes directly into the drain instead of just going to the sink. This will ensure that the baking soda will be effective since it will go directly to the clogged area of the drainage.

Pour a cup of white vinegar – Doing this will provide a similar reaction to your volcano experiment way back when you were in grade school. There will be a fizzing noise once the white vinegar comes in contact with the baking soda wherein you will then see some bubbles come up because of its chemical reaction. If you’re not familiar with it, just know that it is a normal reaction and would let you know that the chemicals in there are eating away the blockage in your sink.


Plug the drain using a sink stopper or an old rag – You should do this step immediately after you’ve poured in the white vinegar into the sink with baking soda all over it. It will prevent any bubbles from rising and all of that chemical reaction will focus on the clog. It will ensure that the reaction is well-concentrated on the problem and that it will soon take away the blockage.

Wait for 15 minutes – Let the magic of white vinegar, and baking soda do their work here. While waiting for its effects, you should go ahead and boil some water in a pot which will be used for a little while.

Pour into the pot of boiling water – This final step will push down the vinegar, blockage, and baking soda to restore its flow. Try to observe if the draining of the sink is going a bit faster than usual. If there is still some blockage, then perhaps you should give it another try. You can also repeat the process again if ever it still poses some problems for you.