I do a lot of home cooking. And though I try my best to avoid it, this means a lot of food bits end up going down my kitchen sink drain. Needless to say, my sink gets backed up pretty often.
Now, I could use chemical-loaded gels to clear the way and be done with it - I mean, those gels are super easy to use: just pour and walk away.
I prefer to use a chemical-free method I learned a whole back though, even though it takes a couple minutes more to do. It's still just as simple as pouring things down the drain, and I can rest easy knowing I'm bringing one less chemical into my life.
You'll need: boiling water, baking soda, alcohol vinegar.
I use about 1/4 of a cup of baking soda and about 3/4 of a cup of vinegar for my sink. You may need more or less depending on how stopped up your drain is. You might also have to repeat the process a couple times, if things are really bad (sometimes I have to use a toothpick to help unblock the grill part at the opening of my drain as well).
All you have to do is:
- Pour boiling water down the drain (This loosens things up a bit, softens any hardened fats, etc. I use about 1 liter).
- Pour the baking soda down the drain (as best as you can).
- Pour the vinegar down the drain (slowly - you want most of the bubbly action to take place in the drain itself, not in your sink as this is what dislodges anything blocking the pipe).
- Pour boiling water down the drain (this clears everything out).
Easy peasy - and, as an added bonus, the baking soda helps get rid of any unwanted pipe odors! (PS - this works in the tub as well!)