Paul Durkin

How to Fix a Slow Draining Sink
in Under 10 Minutes

Published: 09 December 2013 | By Paul Durkin.

How to fix a clogged sink

This week’s blog post comes from a personal annoyance of mine and one I’ve recently experienced: a slow draining bathroom sink.

I didn’t have a clue how to fix this until fairly recently, so I thought
I’d share my findings with you.

Where possible, I always opt for natural, home-made cleaners as chemical ones can be harsh and cause damage to old plumbing.

This is the most effective method I found and is one which will fix a slow draining sink in under 10 minutes.

Time taken:

Approximately 10 minutes.

What you will need:

  • A Kettle.
  • A Chopstick.
  • Hot Water.
  • Baking Soda (½ a Cup).
  • White Vinegar (½ a Cup).


  1. Remove any debris and completely dry your sink.
  2. Boil a kettle of water.
  3. Pour the baking soda down the drain – If necessary, use a chopstick to push it down.
  4. Pour white vinegar down the drain & leave it for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Pour the boiling water down the sink (note: this must be a full kettle).

This simple method will fix a clogged sink and will make sure it drains at a decent speed.

If your sink is still struggling to drain, repeat the process, but after step 5 use a plunger to dislodge any stubborn clogs.

Please note: This natural mixture may not work effectively if your drain is clogged with hair.