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RL Tips: Unclogging a Drain

Unclog your drain to avoid problems


When we wash dishes, food remnants and other debris pool in the kitchen sink. This holds true for the bathroom sink, too. Unclog your drain with these easy steps.

Photographed by Rene Mejia.

Material from Real Living's Handy Hints and Instant Makeovers: 35 Easy Home Projects (2010). To view other Real Living Home Ideas Books, visit

How to do it:
  1. Pump a clogged drain with a plunger.
  2. If your drain is still clogged after a few tries, pour a mixture of half a cup of baking soda and vinegar down your drain, cover your drain, and leave the solution there for a few minutes.
  3. Pour a kettle of boiling water, then pump again with a plunger.
  4. If your drain is still clogged, leave the solution overnight and pour a kettle of boiling water the next day.

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