3 Natural, Nontoxic Solutions to Remove Clogs from Your Kitchen Sink That Doesn't Have a Garbage Disposal

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From cooking and cleaning to washing heavily soiled pots, pans, and dishes, the uses for your kitchen sink are an imperative part of your home and family's needs. While many homes do have garbage disposal systems that effectively eat up food and residue, your sink may lack this innovative feature. Unfortunately, without a garbage disposal, your kitchen sink may be at a higher risk of developing clogs. These clogs may be easy to remove with drain-cleaning solutions, but the ingredients in these liquids can be too harsh and toxic for your plumbing system. In addition, the chemicals in many drain cleaners are dangerous to have in a home with children. Using this guide, you can remove clogs in your kitchen sink without the use of a garbage disposal or toxic solutions.

Hot Water

A pot of boiling water can remove clogs in your kitchen sink without the risk of poisonous chemicals. Fill a large pot with water and place it on your stovetop. Bring it to a boil. Once the water is boiling rapidly, carefully remove the pot from the stove and pour directly into your sink's drain. Pour slowly, since the clog will prevent the water from draining, possibly spilling out of the sink and onto your cabinets and floors or your skin.  

The boiling water should eat through any leftover food and residue inside your sink drain, removing clogs and allowing the sink to drain properly.

If the pot of boiling water does not instantly release the clog, use a wire hanger to pull up any larger pieces of buildup inside the drain. Straighten out a wire hanger, creating one long piece of wire with the hanger hook at one end. Place the hooked end of the wire into the drain and maneuver the hook end in an attempt to pull out any chunks of food or grease.

After using the wire hanger to remove the bulk of the clog, pour another pot of boiling water into the drain to rinse away any leftover grime.

Baking Soda and Salt Solution

A combination of baking soda and traditional table salt is also an effective solution for removing clogs in your kitchen sink. Not only does this combination dissolve away stubborn residue, but it will deodorize any foul odors inside the drain.

To use, rinse your drain by turning on your sink faucet. Allow the water to run for only a few seconds, since the clog will not allow an excess amount of water to drain. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain before adding ½ cup of traditional table salt.

Allow the baking soda and salt combination to sit in the drain for a few hours or overnight while you sleep. After soaking, pour a pot of boiling water into the drain to rinse away any leftover residue.

Baking Soda and Vinegar Solution

Even without a garbage disposal, food and germs can build up inside the drain, so using antibacterial agents is smart for removing the clog and killing any bacteria and viruses.

Thankfully, vinegar offers acidic properties that are not only antibacterial, but also antiviral. Combining this power with the dissolving capability of baking soda will release clogs in your sink while sanitizing your drain.

Use the following steps to remove clogs with baking soda and vinegar:

  1. Pour ½ cup of baking soda directly into your sink drain.
  2. Add ½ cup of vinegar to the drain. Both apple cider and white vinegar are effective.
  3. Allow the baking soda and vinegar to sit for 20 minutes, eating through the clog.
  4. Boil a pot of water and pour it directly into your sink drain after letting the baking soda and vinegar work through the clog.

Avoiding toxic chemicals to clear your drains is smart, since they can be overly harsh and dangerous for your plumbing system and your family's health. With these solutions, you can remove clogs from your kitchen sink without the need for harmful ingredients or an attached garbage disposal system. If it comes to the point that you need professional drain cleaning, however, contact a service in your local area.


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