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How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink That Drains Slowly

Most bathroom sink clogs are a result of hair and gunk right below the drain plug that can be removed easily by using a homemade tool.


  • Keep the tool handy under the cabinet and use it any time the sink begins to clog up or run slow.

Things You'll Need

  • A pair of pliers or strong wire cutters
  • A wire hanger
  • Rubber gloves and a plastic bag (if drain cleaner was used just prior)

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  1. From a wire hanger, clip off the straight bottom piece (where a pair of pants would hang) using a pair of pliers or wire cutters. If you only have a pair of pliers you can bend the metal until it snaps where you want it to break.
  2. On one end, fashion a T handle big enough to hold onto.
  3. On the other end, bend a little hook about a quarter of an inch wide. You want it just wide enough to grab onto the gunk but not big enough to get stuck in the drain.
  4. Fish the hook end down into the drain and start feeling around. You don't need to go very far since most of the hair and goo gets tangled in the drain mechanism.
  5. Most drains have a plus-sign shaped drain with four holes around it. Use the tool carefully in each hole and try to hook onto the hair clumps and pull them out. It may take a little practice, but you will soon get the hang of it.
  6. If you feel like the tool is stuck on something just push it back in and twist it until it comes out easily.
  7. Keep doing this until you don't feel any more hair or obstructions in the drain.
  8. Put the hair in the trash.
  9. Turn on the faucet, test the drain and rinse out the sink. You should find it draining just like new.


  • If you fish out a bunch of hair and the drain still runs slowly or stays clogged, call a professional. Something must be wrong further down the line.
  • If you used drain cleaner or any other toxic substance before trying this technique, make sure you wear rubber gloves and put anything you remove from the drain into a plastic bag that you can seal up and take to the trash, out of the reach of kids or animals.

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