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  • How to Unclog the Sink and Toilet Without Using a Plunger!

    Keep these charts handy for unclogging icky drains.
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
How to Unclog the Sink and Toilet Without Using a Plunger!
PHOTO BY Yumi Sakugawa/Wonderhowto.com
  • Indoor plumbing is perhaps one of the greatest conveniences ever invented, agree? It provides us with running water that not only hydrates us, but washes our dishes and flushes our toilets. Unfortunately, we tend to take it for granted--we become careless. And we end up with clogged sink or worse, a clogged toilet.

    In case you’re faced with this dilemma, you don’t have to reach for a bottle of hazardous chemicals just yet. Author and illustrator Yumi Sakugawa has created handy guides, uploaded in Wonderhowto.com, to help you deal with a clogged sink or toilet using ingredients you already have at home. Save them on your phone or print them out for quick and easy reference. 

    What you need to unclog a toilet (without using a plunger):

    • Dishwashing liquid
    • Coat hanger
    • Baking soda
    • Vinegar
    • Epsom salt

    If you have a vacuum that can take water, you can use it to empty the water from your toilet bowl and then suck out the clog. Wrap an old towel around the vacuum hose and the drain to create a seal to make sucking more effective. 

    If you prefer to use the plunger, Yumi helpfully adds a drawing of a correct plunger to use for unclogging a toilet. It has the typical soup bowl shape of the plunger but it comes with an extra tube at the top. 

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    What you need to unclog a sink: 

    • Baking soda
    • Vinegar
    • Salt
    • Wire Hanger 
    • Plunger

    If all else fails, call a plumber for help.  Keep your drains clear and things flowing as they should by avoiding disposing things down the toilet especially sanitary napkins, tampons and toilet paper. Don’t pour oil and put food waste down the kitchen sink as well. Yumi adds that you can also use vinegar and baking soda (as shown in the illustration above) as regular maintenance for your sinks.

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