Most of us have experienced a frustrating clogged drain at some point in our lives. It's a huge pain and most of the commercial products are expensive and bad the environment. Let's explore some greener options for unclogging a drain.
I use a small plunger for use on non-toilet drains. You'd be amazed at how much of a difference a little plunge can do sometimes. Also, I have small tool called a Zip-It that is a long, flexible plastic stick that has little teeth sticking out of the sides. It works great on hair clogs.
Another option is to make your own drain clearing solution out of baking soda and vinegar. You may remember the reaction these make from making a volcano in grade school. First, bale out most of the standing water in the sink with the clogged drain. Next dump 3/4 of a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Let this mixture sit for about 20 minutes. While it's sitting boil a few cups of water. Dump it down the drain and it should flush out the clog. If it doesn't work the first time, repeat the procedure.
If this doesn't work you may need to call a plumber or if you are handy try a pipe snake. Beware - it's often a messy job!
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