Sink Maintenance and Unclogging Tips

By : Mak Mei See
05 May 2020

Regular sink maintenance—in both the kitchen and bathroom— is important, as the accumulation of hair, food, and grease may result in clogs. If you’re in the midst of deep cleaning your home, give your sink some extra attention with our tips below!

Prevention Measures

In the Kitchen

As fundamental as it sounds, using a strainer is essential to prevent food accumulation. Strainers are readily available in your neighbourhood hardware store and are so easy to clean— simply empty the food scraps into the bin after you’re done washing the dishes.

Also, do not dispose of your leftover grease in the sink after cooking, as doing so will result in easily clogged sinks. Instead, leave the oil out to cool before bagging and disposing it. As a precautionary measure, run some hot water down the sink from time to time, to flush away any oil deposits that may have accumulated in the pipes.

In the Bathroom

To prevent hair from clogging bathroom sinks, use silicon strainers (known as ‘hair catchers’) over the sinkhole.

Sink-Unclogging Tips

Baking soda and vinegar can do wonders for a clogged sink

If you find that your sink has clogged up, simply mix 1/3 cup of baking soda and 1/3 cup of vinegar then pour the solution immediately down the sink. The vinegar can be substituted with salt. Let the mixture sit for about an hour.

When an hour is up, bring a kettle of water to a boil before pouring it immediately down the sink. You may have to repeat this process a number of times before the sink is fully unclogged.

However, if the sinks remain clogged, do consider seeking professional help from a service provider or plumber. If you have any sink maintenance or unclogging tips, drop them in the comments or reach out to us at mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg!


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