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De-Gunk Your Drains

Why Do This?

If you’re perpetually swamped with work, chores and dinner-duty, it’s probably been awhile since you paid attention to your sinks. Get rid of bacteria buildup in your drains with this simple trick. It only takes five minutes and will keep germs out of your sink and help control insects that feed on drain gunk.

Difficulty:
Time: 5 minutes

What You'll Need

  • teapot or large microwave safe cup
  • oven mitt (optional)

How To:

  1. 1

    If you have a teapot, fill it with water and heat it on your stovetop until it boils. If you don’t, grab a microwave safe cup, fill it with water and heat it in the microwave until it boils. You won’t be saying “sayonara” to drain sludge if the water is only lukewarm!

  2. 2

    Remove the teapot from the stove (or the cup from the microwave) and carefully make your way to your sink drain. Note: You may need an oven mitt if your cup is hot to the touch.

  3. 3

    Pour the boiling water slowly down your drain. This will loosen any built-up sludge that may have accumulated over the past few weeks. If you feel like your drain needs a heavy-duty solution, try this all-natural drain cleaner.

  4. 4

    If the rest of your sink is looking a little grungy, it might be time for a full sink-clean, too!

  5. 5

    Repeat this process for any other dirty drains in your house. Remember, the drains you use the least (in areas such as the basement, laundry room or spare bathroom) will likely be harboring the most gunk in their pipes.

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