The good news is that you can fix it the same way you clogged it – by putting things down the drain. This time, though, we’ll put the right things down there.
(Check out our handy article on “Drain Do’s and Don’ts” to keep your sink clog-free!)
Pressure and Suction
Grab your trusty plunger for this trick. If you have a double sink, block the unclogged drain with some kind of covering that can provide a slight seal. Fill the clogged sink halfway with water, then use a plunger to push and pull, forcing pressure and suction down the drain to dislodge whatever is clogging it.
Soda and Vinegar
Not only will this unclog your sink, it will also freshen it up. Soda and vinegar are great natural cleaners, but if you need their help to move matter out of your drain, then start by removing as much excess water as you can from the sink (a cup and a bucket will work). Using a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula, force about a cup of baking soda down the drain, then pour in about two cups of white vinegar. Enjoy the show as it bubbles up and makes your sink functional again.
Snakes (not Wires!)
If you are fortunate enough to have a plumber’s snake in your tool box, then this is the perfect reason to bust it out. A small hand snake is designed to get rid of whatever is clogging a drain. Warning: Wire hangers are not good substitutes! If you don’t have a snake, then try removing the sink’s p-trap (easy to find because it is “P” shaped) to find the clog. Have a bucket ready to catch any water.