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Clogging of the kitchen sink is the biggest nightmare of any homeowner. It puts a brake on all your kitchen activities that require water. And the worst of all is calling a plumber to unclog  kitchen sink as they cost big bucks. But there a few methods to unclog the sink drain using some simple household items. If you’re lucky, you can unclog the kitchen sink drain in cents within no time. Just give them a try before you hardheartedly dial the plumber’s number.

How to unclog Kitchen Sink Drain

DIY Methods to Unclog the Drain:

There are several ways to unclog a kitchen sink drain both chemically and naturally. And below we’ve mentioned some popular and effective methods that will help to unclog your drain within minutes(1, 2). Check them and find out which method works best in unclogging your kitchen sink.

1) Plunger


A plunger is a common household tool. They were invented only to help with the clogging of bathrooms and sinks. For this method, you will need to fill the kitchen sink halfway up with hot water. Then it’s time to position the plunger over the drain with its rubber cup sealed down properly. Then it’s time to push and pull the plunger with the help of the handle. This up and down action will move the water rapidly inside the drain which helps in dislodging stuck particles. The process might take a while and if not successful you can proceed to another method.

2) Boiling Water and Table Salt

Salt is a regularly used item in the kitchen that goes in almost all types of meals and drinks to enhance flavor. In addition to enhancing taste, you can unclog the drain with salt. Make sure your kitchen sink does not have any standing water before you pass down 1/2 cup of table salt down the drain. Let the salt sit for a few minutes. Then, add boiling water directly into the drain. If all the water passes down smoothly then congratulations your kitchen sink is unclogged or else it is time to move on to a strong drain unclogging method.

3) Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking Soda

The great combination of baking soda and vinegar is used for different types of household cleaning. Besides, they’re an effective way to unclog drain filled with grease and other sluggish stuff. For this natural unclogging method you’ll need hot water, 1 cup baking soda, and 1 cup vinegar. There should be no standing water. First of all, pour a little hot water down the drain followed by 1 cup of baking soda. You can use a wooden or silicone spatula to push down the baking soda. Now add 1 cup of vinegar and cover the drain hole with a stopper. This will prevent bubbles from coming out. Let the solution do its work for 15 minutes before you remove the stopper and pour down the remaining hot water.

4) Hot Water

If you see water passing down the kitchen drain slowly then do not wait for it to clog completely. Good action, in the beginning, will prevent you from a big expense later. And boiling water is the easiest and inexpensive method to fix a slow draining sink. Fill a kettle or frypan with water and keep it on the stove. Let the water boil properly. Then take the kettle or frypan over the kitchen sink and directly pour the hot water over the drain. Hot water helps to loosen up the soap, makeup, and other agents that stuck on the walls of the pipe over time.

5) P-Trap


Clogging mostly takes place in the P-trap located below the kitchen sink. The main purpose of P-tray in plumbing is to collect the debris and particles that come off drained from the basin. Catching particles at this stage prevents the forming of a big clog in the plumbing lines. Also, it stops the sewer odor from passing into your kitchen. And for p-trap removal, you’ll need a bucket and basic plumbing tool. Place the bucket underneath the drain and then unfasten the P-trap. The debris will start falling as soon as you remove the P-trap if any. Give a good rinse to P-trap before fastening it again and the water will start flowing smoothly again.

6) Baking Soda and Lemon

Here is another popular and effective remedy to unclog the drain naturally. Two basic household items can help you save bucks by cleaning down the drain. Take out 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup lemon juice in bowls separately. First goes in the baking soda and then you can add lemon juice. Plug the drain and let the solution sit for an hour. The acidic nature of lemon helps to get off grease and gunk while the alkaline nature of baking soda works as a good scrubbing agent. After an hour you can pour down a pot of boiling water.

7) Baking Soda and Salt

Baking Soda and Salt

This process of unclogging the kitchen drain will need some time. Mix 1 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of salt in a bowl. Then pour this natural drain cleaner solution down the drain hole and let it for at least an hour. Finally, flush the solution down with boiling water. You can repeat the process 2-3 times if there’s an improvement in the result.

How to Prevent your Kitchen Sink Drain From Clogging?

Clogging of bathroom or kitchen drains is a common phenomenon. Every person experiences a clogged drain once in their lifetime. And the reasons are quite obvious. Knowingly or unknowingly we pass many items down the drain and as a result it gets clogged. But a little piece of information can prevent that awkward situation. Go through the below points that will help prevent your kitchen sink drain from clogging.

  • Use garbage disposal: We often through our leftover and kitchen bio-waste inside our sink and they are one of the reasons why the sink gets blocked in the first place. Installing a good garbage disposal unit under your kitchen sink will help you prevent any future clogging.
  • Grease is the biggest enemy of any drain. You feel like fluid will pass through the pipes but instead, it gets stuck on the walls and clogs the drain. So pour oil, grease, or paint down the lines.
  • Starchy foods like potato, corn, rice, etc are high in fiber and fiber expands when they’re in the pipe.
  • Coffee grinds are also one of the biggest culprits of the drain line. The ground feels like they dissolve in the water but in reality, they get stuck in the pipe and garbage disposal.
  • Certain Expired Medications lose their ability to dissolve in water and may get stuck in the pipeline. So it is suggested to give back expired and unused medications to a pharmacist for proper disposal.
  • Kitchen papers, Baby wipes, and Cotton balls are strict not to flush down your kitchen sink.
  • Strong Cleaning agents should also not be poured down the drain. Using them regularly might affect the walls of the pipe but the worst part is, these chemicals mix with the water and contributes to water pollution. So instead of a chemical agent switch to a natural drain cleaning agent that is good for both drain pipe and the environment.

Wrapping Up

Clogged sink and draining pipes will make a mess out of your kitchen. So incorporate healthy and tidy kitchen maintenance habits such as the use of garbage disposal, dish drying rack, trash cans, and clean your countertop regularly.


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