How to unclog a clogged drain with dish soap and hot water
Dish soap and hot water can be the solution to clogged drains
It’s always better to be safe than sorry, but there’s always a clogged sink. Of course that’s annoying, but fortunately you don’t have to resort to chemical solutions right away: you can get quite far with washing-up liquid and hot water.
Ryan Nelson, owner of Nelson’s Plumbing, explains at LankMarkhw that when a drain is clogged, it’s better not to use chemicals. “Chemical drain cleaners only damage the pipes,” he says. Instead, he advises removing the source of the clog, although that’s not always possible. Fortunately, you can also remove the blockage with dish soap and hot water.
If the kitchen sink drain is clogged, Nelson recommends pouring hot water down the drain first. And by hot water he doesn’t mean the hot water that comes out of the tap, but really boiling water. In the kettle, water usually reaches about 90-95 degrees, while the hottest water from the tap usually does not exceed 70 degrees.
Pour the hot water into the sink, then mix in dish soap, which dissolves grease. This should suffice for light constipation. Doesn’t that work for you? Then use a plunger and try again with hot water and dish soap.
salt, vinegar and baking soda
Fill 1/2 cup with salt, vinegar, and baking soda and pour the mixture down the drain. You then leave it there for thirty minutes before pouring boiling water down the drain. This mixture can dissolve anything that’s clogging the drain.
peroxide and baking soda
Mix 1/2 cup of peroxide with 1/2 cup of baking soda, pour the mixture down the drain and cover it. Again, you have to wait thirty minutes before you top up with hot water.