How To Naturally Unclog The Bathroom Sink

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A clogged or slow-draining bathroom sink is a common problem in most homes. It shouldn't happen too often, but when it does, use this natural formula to remove all the gunk (believe me, you don't want a list of what that "gunk" actually is!) and get that drain in tip top shape.

What You Need


  • 1/2 cup Baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Vinegar
  • Lemon juice (optional)


  • Measuring cups


1. Remove the drain cover. Most drain covers thread into the drain, so try unscrewing it by turning it to the left.

2. Measure out a 1/2 cup of baking soda.

3. Dump as much of the baking soda as you can down the drain.

4. Measure out a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar and pour it down the drain over the baking soda.

The mixture will bubble and fizz (like the volcano experiment when you were in grade school!) and eat away anything that is clogging the drain. If you notice any unpleasant smells, squeeze a little lemon juice down after you've rinsed any remaining baking soda and vinegar away.

More great tips and tutorials: Cleaning Basics

Edited from an original post by Gregory Han published on March 3, 2008

(Image credits: Ashley Poskin)