Unblocking your sink

How to unblock
your sink

Learn how to unblock a
sink in three easy steps.

Sinks can sometimes get blocked by hair, leftover food and other solid items. Luckily, there are a lot of easy ways to fix it. Follow this guide to safely unblock your sink.

How to unblock your sink

First, try this

You will need:

  • Rubber gloves
  • A dishcloth
  • A plunger

To unblock your sink:

  1. Remove the plug covering the plug hole and clean it out as best as you can
  2. Ensure the plug hole is covered with water and then block the overflow (hole in the sink) with the dishcloth
  3. Place the plunger over the plug hole and slowly push it up and down.
How to unblock your sink

If that doesn't clear the blockage

You will need:

  • One cup of baking soda
  • One cup of white vinegar
  • A pot of boiling water


  1. Pour the pot of boiling water down the sink
  2. Pour a solution of one cup of baking soda, one cup of water and one cup of white vinegar
  3. Cover using the drain plug and wait five minutes
  4. Pour another pot of boiling water down the sink.
How to unblock your sink

If that still doesn't work

You will need:

  • Liquid drain cleaner


  1. Be careful and follow the safety precautions listed on the bottle when using chemical drain cleaners
  2. Pour the amount specified on the bottle directly into the drain
  3. Leave it for thirty minutes, before flushing with plenty of hot water.

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