You have just washed the dinner dishes and notice the water refuses to drain. You have a clogged kitchen sink, commonly caused by grease, food particles or a stray fork or bottle cap going down the drain. Home remedies can fix the problem.
Keeping drains clear prevents clogs because grease and debris do not have time to line the pipes, notes CreativeHomemaking.com. Keep the drain covered with a guard and use a gentle homemade or store-bought cleaner at least once a month to keep the drain open.
If your kitchen drain clogs, turn to simple tools to fix the problem without chemicals, suggests Creative Homemaking. Plug the second drain in a double sink with a cloth and fit a plunger over the clogged drain and push down hard. Pump the plunger several times before pulling it off to dislodge the clog. You can also use a plumber's snake, or auger, to pull out a clog or stray item from the pipe under the sink, opening the trap and draining water into a bucket first.
Your kitchen pantry contains ingredients for simple and effective drain cleaners, drainsandplumbing.com notes. Slowly pour boiling water down the drain or put a cup of baking soda in the drain and flush with hot water. If that does not work, dump a half cup of baking soda and a half cup of plain vinegar into the drain and leave it for a few hours, covered. Later, run the hot water to rinse the drain. You can also buy an enzyme cleaner, but it might not work as well.