Sluggish or stopped up drains are a common and ordinary problem with bathroom sinks. Fortunately, there are many methods to fix it typically with simple, easy and time saver methods almost within few minutes or span of time. The cause of this problem can be hairs, gummy soap which stuck that causes the stopper or pivot rod and clogs the drains. Let’s take a look at how to clean a smelly drain in bathroom sink.

In those many methods, I am telling you some of easiest methods with pictorial representation to make it easy for you to perform it while cleaning the drain.

How to Clean a Smelly Drain In Bathroom Sink Through Pliers & Stiffed Wire

You will need some tools. Have some necessary tools for this DIY task that will save your time and frustration. Use

  1. Slip joint pliers
  2. Stiff wire or wire coat hanger

How To Do

  • Pull out the stopper; notice if it’s coming out, then pull it out.
  • Sometimes it will come out immediately, but if not it’s held with pivot rod.
  • If that is so, release the stopper by removing the pivot rod nut & pulling out the pivot rod.
  • If you can’t loosen it up, use the pliers.
  • With the pivot rod pulled out you will be able to lift out the stopper.
  • Then to have the clog out, bend the wire in a tight hook (with a light-duty clothes hanger or short length of electrical wire will work out)
  • Take out the hairs.
  • If you didn’t have to remove the pivot rod to remove the stopper, you can just drop the stopper back down into the drain.
  • If you have removed the pivot rod, firstly drop the stopper into the drain.
  • Then line up the pivot rod with the slot in the stopper and reinsert it. Finally, hand-tighten the pivot rod nut.
  • Run hot water down the drain to help clear out any remaining soap scum and to check that the clog is gone.
  • Check around the pivot rod nut to make sure it’s not leaking.
  • If you see drips, tighten the pivot rod nut slightly with a plier.

How to Clean a Smelly Drain In Bathroom Sink Through Natural Solvents

It uses natural solvents. Instead of relying on drain cleaner products, which are often corrosive and can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems, you can use house hold items that you can find easily at your home like rags, baking soda, vinegar, lemon and boiling water.

How To Do

Gather your materials.

  • Measure out the ingredients.
  • Take ¼ cup of baking soda, 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 large pot of water to boil.
  • Have a rag or sink stopper handy
  • Pour the baking soda into the drain
  • Make sure that most of the baking soda falls directly into the drain rather than around it in the sink.
  • Pour in the cup of vinegar
  • You may hear a fizzing noise or see bubbles come up due to the chemical reaction
  • This is completely normal and should mean that the chemicals are eating away at the blockage in your sink.
  • Plug the drain with a rag or sink stopper
  • Doing so will stop the bubbles from rising up and will keep the chemical reaction concentrated on the clog.
  • Wait for fifteen minutes
  • Allow the baking soda and vinegar reaction to fully work their magic here! While waiting, you should heat up the pot of water to boiling point
  • Pour into the pot of boiling water.
    This step will push down the baking soda, vinegar, and blockage.
    Watch as you pour in the water to see if the sink is draining any faster.
    If it is still not going in normal speed, there can still be a bit of the blockage.
  • Try to repeat the process again if this happens.
  • Before pouring in the boiling water, you may squeeze in the lemon juice, specifically if you notice an unlikeable smell coming from the sink.
  • Bathroom sinks usually become clogged by bits of hair which in the long run rot and smell bad.
  • This additional step will defuse the odor and will also further assist break down that blockage.

How to Clean a Smelly Drain In Bathroom Sink Through Flash Light & Plunger

This method is of traditional way, using the plunger. Gather your tools.

How To Do

  • For this method, the only need is a flashlight and a plunger.
  • You can purchase a smaller one specifically made for sinks at any hardware store but a deeply cleaned toilet plunger works very well.
  • Remove stopper of the sink.
  • This step is central otherwise you will just be plunging the stopper up and down rather than forcing up the clog.
  • Using your hands, pull the sink stopper up as far as it goes out of the drain. Then you need to turn it to the left and continue to unscrew until it comes out
  • Turn the sink on
  • You want to fill the sink with some water but just enough to cover the drain. An inch or so of water should be just fine.
  • Generate a suction seal.
  • You need to place the plunger directly over the drain and press down once until you feel rubber bottom tighten into a seal.
  • You may have to stand on a chair to make sure you are directly towards the sink.
  • Plunge it
  • Using the handle of the plunger, plunge vigorously up and down about 10-20 times
  • Make sure that the plunger is tightly sealed around the drain, creating suction so that the plunger is actually forcing the blockage through.
  • Remove the plunger and check for the blockage
  • Shine a flashlight into the drain to check for the blockage
  • If you can see it and can reach with your fingers and pull it out, do so. If not, repeat the steps until the clog comes out.

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