How to Unclog Your Bathroom Sink

There’s nothing like going to rinse your mouth or toothbrush only to find that the water you ran previously is still sitting there. Gross!

If your bathroom sink is draining slowly or clogged, chances are it’s due to a buildup of loose hair and soapy residue. A functional bathroom sink is essential to your daily life, so don’t let a stubborn clog get in your way.

We have some DIY tips for unclogging your bathroom sink, just remember that not every tip will work every time. You may still need a drain cleaning from a plumbing professional like Canuck Plumbing and Heating.

We know it can be tempting to run to the hardware store to pick up a product like Drano or Liquid Plumber. Unfortunately, these extremely corrosive chemical drain cleaners are hard on your system and the environment. Luckily, we have a product called BioSmart that is an all-natural way to clean your pipes and unclog your drains. 

Tips for Homeowners: How to Unclog Your Bathroom Sink

1. Unclog Your Bathroom Sink with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Just like unclogging your kitchen sink, you can use a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and hot water to dislodge a pesky bathroom clog.

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You’ll likely want to remove the sink stopper (if you have one) before you get started.

If your bathroom sink is just partially clogged and draining slowly, try pouring boiling water (very carefully) down the drain. Sometimes this is enough to remove the clog. If not, add 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar to the drain opening. Try to force as much of the baking power down into the drain as possible.

Let this sit for 15-20 minutes. This should be enough time to allow the clog to dissolve. Again, pour hot water down the drain until your bathroom sink empties at its normal rate.

If this doesn’t work, you can try using a plunger to force the clog out.

2. Unclog Your Bathroom Sink with a Plunger

You can also use a sink plunger to get things flowing and back to normal in your bathroom drain.

In order to do this, leave a little bit of hot water in your bathroom sink (this will create suction), and press the plunger over top of the drain opening, creating a tight seal.

Push and pull the plunger until your bathroom sink begins to drain or gunk comes out. Obviously, keep the clog from rinsing back down the drain and dispose of it in the garbage.

3. Unclog Your Bathroom Sink with a Coat Hanger

The next method you can try to remove a bathroom sink clog is rigging a clothes hanger into a drain cleaning tool.

Unwrap a coat hanger so that it is straight, but with a slight hook on the end. This end will be going into the bathroom sink drain. On the other end, fashion a T-shaped handle that is easy to grip.

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Use this tool to manoeuvre around your bathroom drain, and pull any hair and gunk out. This could take some time, but pull up as much as you can through the holes in your bathroom drain. You should be able to feel when the obstruction has been completely removed.

Once that’s done, you can go back to the method above, and use baking soda and vinegar to dissolve any remaining gunk.

Run the water to make sure everything is draining properly.

If you are dealing with a stubborn clog and the sink is continually overfilling, you may need to call in a professional.

To learn more about using a coat hanger to remove a stubborn bathroom sink clog, check out this video.

Don’t let a pesky bathroom clog get you down! The experts at Canuck Plumbing and Heating are always available to help you with your plumbing job – big or small. We are available 24/7 for plumbing emergencies, so please contact us immediately if you are experiencing one in the Edmonton or Fort Saskatchewan area. 

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