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This Bathroom Staple Can Unclog Your Sink

A silver sink faucet runs water into a basin.
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When your sink needs unclogging, you might go straight for the Drano or grab some vinegar and baking soda. But there’s likely a simpler solution already in your bathroom.

You can use a plunger to unclog your sink and skip those pesky chemicals that can damage your pipes.

Now, here’s the thing: you probably don’t want to use the toilet plunger for this job because, well, that’s gross. So, keeping a smaller, flat-bottom plunger under your sink for precisely this purpose is an excellent idea.

For clogged single bathroom sinks (not double vanities), place the plunger completely over the drain to create suction. Then, pump up and down until the standing water clears. If the sink is draining slowly, you might need to run more water and repeat the process.

Once the sink is draining normally, run some clean water to clear it. If you want, you can then clean your sink as you usually would to get rid of any stagnant water residue, and that’s it! You’ve successfully unclogged your sink.

Plus, now that you’ve got an extra plunger handy, you can also use it to unclog your shower drain. The process is the same as the one we outlined above.

If this method doesn’t work for some reason, you can move on to the drain cleaner, but this simple trick is certainly worth attempting first. Your pipes will thank you!

[Via CNET]

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