I unclogged my sink and I'm damn proud of it

I unclogged my sink and I'm damn proud of it

First, I did a happy dance. Then I strutted my stuff around like a peacock. You'd think I just won a Pulitzer.

Why all this glee? Because I unclogged my bathroom sink. That's right, yours truly figured out how to do it.

It was easy too! And I did it naturally, with ordinary things around the house. No Drano for me, sir, which, by the way, seemed to destroy the pipes on the few occasions I've used it.

Of course, I had a little help from the internet, which, obviously, worked out well for me this time. (although I must admit not so great last June when the internet told me, falsely, my sore foot was caused by Planters Fasciitis)

This may sound very anti-feminist and old timey, but when I was growing up, girls and women were relegated to the kitchen. We weren't required (allowed?) to do much of anything when it came to fixing things around the house.

And the car? Fuhgettaboutit. Change a flat tire? Uh, never. 

At the time, I liked it that way. But things change and so have I.  Being a woe-is-me damsel in distress is no longer a desired state for me. Besides, as many of us have learned, it feels really good to be able to do things for yourself.

So do you want to unclog your drain? No guarantee it will work for you, but here's how I did it.

How I unclogged my bathroom sink 

1. First, gather the things you'll need: white vinegar, baking soda, and a medium-sized pot (mine holds 14 cups of liquid) filled with water.

2. Measure out 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar separately.

3. Put the baking soda in the drain or as much as you can get in the drain as possible. You may have to use a brush or your hand to get it down there.

4. Pour the vinegar down the drain. It will start to fizz like an 8th grade science project. It means the chemical reaction to unclog your drain is going to town.

5. Plug up the drain with a sink stopper or a rag. You want the action to happen in your drain, not your sink.

6. Wait 15 minutes. While you're waiting, boil the water in the pot. Turn off the water. After the 15 minutes are up, open the drain. Carefully pour the water down the drain.

7. Test it out by running some cold or warm water down the drain. If the drain is still a bit slow, you can repeat the process again.

8. If it worked, do a happy dance.

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  • Thanks, Judy. I'm go to try it on the slow drain in my sink. Wish me luck. I'm hoping to dance a little myself.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Good luck!!! No guarantees, but it worked for me!

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