How to remove gunk from bathroom sink drain?
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Question: What on earth is the creepy black stuff that wants to come up out of the drain in our bathroom sinks? It's slimy and weird. What can we do to get rid of it completely?
Answer: Warning: This answer could gross you out. So if you are reading this while eating your breakfast, you might want to come back later.
The "creepy black stuff" in your drain is made up of a combination of things, mostly decomposing hair, soap scum, toothpaste grit, shaving cream residue, skin cells, etc. It's like a science experiment of mildew, bacteria and decomposing items that's growing at a rapid pace due to the lukewarm water used to wash your hands, face, etc. (See why I told you to stop eating?)
What can you do about it? If you have a drain snake, then get it out and snake the drain. This is the simplest solution. But not everyone owns a drain snake. If you don't, then here's what to do:
1. Put a pot of water on the stove; turn the burner on high; bring to a boil.
2. While water is heating up, pour baking soda down the drain. Baking soda has the ability to neutralize fatty acids so it will work to eat away the grime while you are waiting for the water to boil.
3. Once the water has reached a rolling boil, remove it from the pot from the stove and pour the hot water down the drain.
4. Let the water and baking soda work at breaking up the grime for 10 minutes.
5. When the time is up, pour 1 cup of bleach down the drain to kill any remaining mildew or bacteria.
Because sinks are used multiple times on a daily basis, repeat this process every few months. Keeping on top of it should keep the gunk from accumulating and clogging the sink drain.
Good luck going after the "creepy black stuff"!
Anna Moseley is a Redding native, a wife and a mom who loves organization, decorating and cleaning.