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DIY Drain Cleaner: 100% Green & Super Simple

Clogged sink? Don't worry, it happens. Before you whip up a batch of DIY drain cleaner, we might have an easier solution that’s 100% green and plumber approved. Would you believe that hot water is all you need to fix the most common cause of sink clogs? Well, believe it! But before we get into the best DIY drain cleaner for your sink, first you must identify the cause of the clog. Using a soft utensil, like a baby spoon or rubber straw, gently probe the clog. If an oily residue if left on your tool, it’s likely you are dealing with a fat-based clog. If the clog feels solid, you probably have a piece of food waste or another small object blocking your drain.

How to Clear Fat-Based Clogs

When leftover grease, oil or fat gets poured down your drain, it can build up and cause clogs. That’s why it’s so important to dispose of leftover cooking grease in the garbage can instead of down the drain. If you’ve identified your clog as fat-based, begin by boiling a large pot of water on the stove. Turn off the heat and let it cool for about two to three minutes. Then carefully pour the entire pot down your sink drain. If this doesn’t completely remove the clog, repeat the process until it does. If your clog is indeed caused by oil or grease, the hot water will melt it enough for it to be flushed out.

How to Clear Drain Obstructions

If your clog is being caused by a solid object or a piece of food, the hot water trick won't work. If there is something in your drain, no amount of hot water or DIY drain cleaner will dissolve it. Using a wire hanger, carefully remove the obstruction. If you are having trouble removing the clog, leave it to the experts so you don’t cause any damage to your drain.

Call the Experts

Grease-, oil- and fat-based clogs are easy to fix safely and economically with a little good old-fashioned hot water. If your clog is more severe than a small grease buildup, don’t panic. We do not recommend dumping a slew of household chemicals down your drain. DIY plumbing jobs rarely end well. Instead, call your local Mr. Rooter Plumbing at (855) 591-0128 or request a job estimate online.