Can You Really Unclog A Drain with Cola?

Will Cola Work on My Pipes?

Cola might be somewhat effective under these conditions:

A Better DIY Drain Cleaner

To unclog a kitchen sink, there’s a much easier, faster, more effective solution.

  • Turn off the power to your disposal. Unplug it or turn it off at the circuit breaker.
  • Inspect the disposal with a flashlight. Clear any obvious clogs with a tool of your choice, as long as it’s not your fingers.
  • If you don’t see an obvious clog, use a sink plunger. Fill the sink with a few inches of water to make your plunging more effective.
  • Try a DIY cleaner that actually works. Mix one-part baking soda to one-part vinegar, and pour it down the drain. Wait about 30 minutes before pouring hot water down the disposal to flush out any broken-down debris.
  • Turn the power back on and test it.

Preventing Kitchen Drain Clogs

  • Fibrous foods, like celery, asparagus, or sprouts
  • Fats, oils, and greases
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grinds
  • Bones
  • Starchy food, like peels, beans, rice, or pasta
  • Non-food items

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