How to Un-Clog Your Bathroom Sink

How to unclog your bathroom sink


I know that some of these photos are gross but this project had such a positive impact on our daily lives that it felt criminal not to share. The bathroom sink in our new rental apartment started acting up the day we moved in. At first it was an inconvenient slow drain but soon it turned into a full on clog and we knew that we had to do something about it.

The only issue was that the sink stopper wasn’t the old fashioned kind that just pops right out of the sink making it easy to clean out whatever was clogging the drain (the previous tenant’s hair, in our case – beyond gross). After a few helpful youtube tutorials, we figured out how to unclog the bathroom sink and I am so happy to say that we now have a fully functioning sink! Read on to see how we did it.

How to unclog your bathroom sink

So you have a clogged sink, now what? If your sink is anything like ours (which is likely if you live in a modern home) then you need to first look underneath.

How to unclog your bathroom sink

Under the sink you will see a vertical metal piece that is attached to a horizontal piece screwed into the drain pipe. This is the mechanism that allows you to lift and lower the drain stopper from the lever behind your sink faucet. In order to remove the sink stopper, you first have to unscrew the horizontal piece attached to the pipe as displayed in the photo below.

How to unclog your bathroom sink

If you would like to see a video how-to watch how to clean out a sink pop-up drain stopper.

How to unclog your bathroom sink

Once the drain stopper has been removed, grab your needle nose pliers to help you remove any gunk that might be causing the clog.

How to unclog your bathroom sink

EW! I had to put this photo in black and white to minimize how repulsing it was.

How to unclog your bathroom sink

But once you’re finished and you replace the drain stopper back in your sink, you will feel the glory of a properly working drain – so worth it!

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  1. I liked that you mentioned that you should check underneath the sink first to find how to fix the problem. My son and daughter in law recently moved into their new apartment and they realized that their bathroom sink is not draining properly at all. They both are working full time, so they will have to contact a professional to make sure that they get the service they need and don’t need to worry about it anymore.

    1. Ahh I can relate to the full-time-work busy schedule! I hope that their sink is fixed quickly and inexpensively! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a note 😉

  2. Your step-by-step guide for unclogging bathroom sinks is super helpful! The combination of baking soda, vinegar, and hot water seems like a simple yet effective solution. Thanks for providing a natural way to tackle this common household issue!

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