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Unclog sinks and toilets in four ‘easy steps’ using ‘common household items’

Sam Williams, DIY expert at SGS Engineering, said: “Before you get started, always remember to wear rubber gloves for protection.

“Use buckets or towels to remove excess water. This will help you have better visibility of the problem and avoid unnecessary splashing when you start working.”

To unblock using common household products, the expert recommended using a combination of baking soda, white vinegar and boiling water.

The expert explained: “Because baking soda and white vinegar are at the opposite ends of the pH scale, they can unclog sinks and toilets in just four easy steps.

“Thanks to its alkali properties, baking soda easily dissolves grease and dirt, all you need to do is add half a cup of baking soda to your sink and one cup into your toilet.

“Follow this by adding white vinegar to your drain. The ratio should be 1:2, using one cup for your sink and two cups for your toilet.”

Don’t forget to put the toilet seat down or cover the sink with a cloth or cup to contain the reaction.

Sam recommended leaving the mixture for 15 to 30 minutes to work before carefully pouring the hot water down or flushing the toilet to wash away any remaining debris.

According to the DIY pro, washing powder can also be used to unblock the sink, costing slightly more than the white vinegar trick but just as effective.

The expert said: “Although this method doesn’t work for toilets, it will work wonders for your sink.

“Most people are unaware that enzymes found in washing powder can’t only break down grease and oils in your garments but also do the same to unblock your sink.

“All you’ll need to do is simply add two to three tablespoons of washing powder, depending on the severity of the clog and size of the sink, to a pot of boiling water.

“The hot water will help you activate the detergent and break down the clog.”

Allowing the washing powder solution to sit for 20 to 30 minutes before pouring in some more hot water will help to flush away any remaining grease or dirt.

If households are still experiencing slow water, it may be worth repeating the process to see if that does the trick.

Sam added: “To avoid your sink getting blocked again, use drain strainers. A build-up of food and debris can block your drain, but this can easily be addressed by simply placing a stainless steel strainer on the opening.

“Avoid grease building up too by not pouring any cooking oil or grease down your sink as this only builds up over time and will clog your sink.

“Also, regularly pour boiling water down your sink. This is a great way to prevent grease and debris from building up in the long run.

“Most of the time toilets get clogged because people usually try to flush objects which are far too big for the drain. Avoid flushing too much toilet paper, tampons, ear swabs and any other non-flushable items.”



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