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Unclogging drains

So, I have never posted on this board but I have a cleaning question. I plan on doing an overhaul on the house this weekend (cleaning and organizing). Is there any way to unclog a drain without using chemicals? Our bathtub and bathroom sink are always getting clogged regardless of the fact we have a hair catcher.

Also, is there any good way of cleaning and sanitizing a kitchen sink? We had fish the other night and I can't get the smell out of our sink!
Thanks!

 

Re: Unclogging drains

  • I can't really help you with the drain thing(I have a hair catcher too and then every so often I just go in with a pair of needle nose pliers and get out the gunk and the use some draino if I need to), but try putting either some vinegar down your kitchen sink and running it for a while, or I believe it is lemon that will help clear out the smell- I'm sure someone will correct me if I am wrong.
  • i'm a lurker, coming out of hiding ;o)

    we were at Wal*Mart yesterday, and in the bathroom aisle, they have this weird drain unclogger that is a looooong white flexible stick with barbs on it. It had Zip in the name....of course, can't remember now. But it's only, like, $2. We're always having problems with hair clogging the drain, but the chemicals give me a headache. Like PP, we always use needle-nosed pliers, but I think I'm going to go back up to the store and get the zippy thing.

    Would cleaning the sink with lemon juice help get the fishy smell out? Maybe a mixture of lemon juice and backing soda...?

    HTH! 

  • Option #1
    Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of hot vinegar. Try heating the vinegar in the microwave before adding it to the drain. Wait 5 minutes before flushing the drain with 2 quarts of hot water. You can repeat this process a few times if it is necessary. If this is the first time you have cleaned your drain in a long time it may be necessary to repeat the baking soda flush a couple of times.

    Option #2
    Try pouring 1 Cup of baking soda and 1/2 Cup of salt down the drain. Let this mixture sit in the drain for several hours, overnight is best, before flushing the drain with 2 cups of boiling water.

  • image SikmaSweetie:

    i'm a lurker, coming out of hiding ;o)

    we were at Wal*Mart yesterday, and in the bathroom aisle, they have this weird drain unclogger that is a looooong white flexible stick with barbs on it. It had Zip in the name....of course, can't remember now. But it's only, like, $2. We're always having problems with hair clogging the drain, but the chemicals give me a headache. Like PP, we always use needle-nosed pliers, but I think I'm going to go back up to the store and get the zippy thing.

    Would cleaning the sink with lemon juice help get the fishy smell out? Maybe a mixture of lemon juice and backing soda...?

    HTH! 

    I have one of those, it's called a Zip-It & they work really well. For the sinks I usually take the pipes apart twice a year & clean them out.

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    Option #1
    Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of hot vinegar. Try heating the vinegar in the microwave before adding it to the drain. Wait 5 minutes before flushing the drain with 2 quarts of hot water. You can repeat this process a few times if it is necessary.

    i have done this and it worked well

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    Option #1
    Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of hot vinegar. Try heating the vinegar in the microwave before adding it to the drain. Wait 5 minutes before flushing the drain with 2 quarts of hot water. You can repeat this process a few times if it is necessary.

    i have done this and it worked well

    Ditto.  I worked wonders on my bathtub drain.  Also, as pp mentioned, use needle nose pliers and pull any hair out of the drain that you can as well. 

  • i'm so glad to see this post - my bathtub drain is sooo clogged all of the time! thanks ladies.
  • As far as the clogging, both the baking soda and hot vinegar AND the baking soda and salt soak work extremly well.

    For the fishy smell, if it is in a garbage disposal, all you have to do is cut a citrus (lemon, lime, orange, or even grapefruit) into quarters and feed it into the disposal one piece at a time. make sure you are running COLD water the whole time and about 3 to 5 minutes after the last piece. If the fishy smell is still there (which it shouldn't be) you can try about a dozen grapes, it should do the same thing.

  • image SikmaSweetie:

    i'm a lurker, coming out of hiding ;o)

    we were at Wal*Mart yesterday, and in the bathroom aisle, they have this weird drain unclogger that is a looooong white flexible stick with barbs on it. It had Zip in the name....of course, can't remember now. But it's only, like, $2. We're always having problems with hair clogging the drain, but the chemicals give me a headache. Like PP, we always use needle-nosed pliers, but I think I'm going to go back up to the store and get the zippy thing.

    Would cleaning the sink with lemon juice help get the fishy smell out? Maybe a mixture of lemon juice and backing soda...?

    HTH! 

    A pipe snake is basically what she's talking about. You can get them at any hardware store.

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