My kitchen sink drained very slowly and not properly anymore (that’s ok after 10 years of ample use). Thanks to the vastness of the internet I came across an easy and convenient manly hint on the topic requiring only household items, so I tried that.

The summary? In my case, this did actually work 馃檪 Here’s how:

Materials needed:

1 heaping tbsp. dish soap
1/2 cup baking soda (*see note)
2 cups of the cheapest vinegar you can find


Directly into the drain, add the dish soap, then baking soda, then the vinegar (this will result in some foaming). Cover the drain with a damp kitchen cloth (Note: kitchen paper doesn’t work). Leave this alone for 10 – 15 minutes.

Remove the cloth, pour 2 l of boiling water down the drain and wait for another 2 – 3 minutes. Rinse with some more water directly from the tap, aaand done. My sink actually drains well again.


* Note for german-language readers: Baking soda is “Natron” in german (sodium bicarbonateNatriumhydrogencarbonat), not “Backpulver” – although this might even work as well – but I didn’t test it.