My Kitchen Drain Is Clogged & Drano Does Not Work

Kitchen drains can become clogged over time with food and soap scum. If you notice that the water is not draining or is draining slowly, there are more options open to you than Drano.

Use a drain trap to prevent food debris from going down the drain in the first place.


Seal up any overflow drains and other openings to the sink. Seal a plunger over the mouth of the drain and plunge the drain several times in quick succession. The suction dislodges the clog so that the water can flow and wash it away.

Manual Removal

Unbend a coat hanger, leaving a hook at the end, and use it to snag the clog. A more sophisticated way to manually remove the clog is to purchase an auger, also known as a plumbing snake, and thread it down the drain. An auger has a screw tip that will drag the clog back up or cut it so that it can be washed away.


Do not use Drano or any other drain cleaner on a clogged sink, especially if you live in an older house or apartment. The strong acids in drain cleaners eat away at the clog, but they also corrode the pipes.

Lanh Ma

Lanh Ma is a professional writer living in Wisconsin. She has been creating professional Web content since 2007 as well as occasionally publishing fiction. Ma holds one bachelor's degree in political science and another in media studies.