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How can you unblock a sink without a plunger?

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To unblock a sink without a plunger, use a clog-removing product such as Drano or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. To remove stubborn blockages, try using a drain snake.

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To use Drano or similar products, follow the directions that come on the product. If these are not visible, they are often available on the product's website. People who want to use a natural clog remover can try a mixture of baking soda and vinegar using the following steps.

  1. Add baking soda to the drain.
  2. Measure 1/2 cup of baking soda and pour it into the drain.

  3. Add vinegar.
  4. Measure 1/2 cup of vinegar and pour it into the drain. It should start foaming. This reaction helps wear away at the clog.

  5. Add lemon juice.
  6. After the baking soda and vinegar mixture has done its job, pour some lemon juice into the drain. This helps get rid of bad smells.

If the clog remover or baking soda and vinegar mixture did not work, dry using a drain snake to get it out. A drain snake is a long coil spiral that can flex into pipes to break down, push down or pull out clogs. To use one, run through the following steps.

  1. Insert the drain snake.
  2. Insert the end of the drain snake into the drain and push it downwards. Turn the drum handle to help push it down.

  3. Stop when there is resistance.
  4. Resistance means that the snake has reached the blockage.

  5. Turn the drain snake.
  6. Turning the drain snake helps break down blockages. It also helps solids catch at the end of the snake.

  7. Remove the snake.
  8. Remove the snake and pull out any larger solids that may be attached to the end. Run the water to make sure that the blockage is gone.

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