Yesterday I got fed up with a bathroom sink that was draining slowly. This was a
recurring problem, and I'd occasionally plunge it to speed things up again. But
since it kept happening I decided to try and get to the root of the problem.
There are plenty of suggestions on the internet about drain cleaning using the
old Science Fair volcano trick of mixing baking soda and vinegar, so I figured
this sounded better than paying a plumber. But getting started I also learned
why one might pay a plumber for this job. Removing the drain plug revealed its
base was completely coated in the most horrific sludge imaginable. This was the
obvious source of the slow draining. But it was so disgusting I regretted even
becoming aware of it, much less having to clean it. But dealing with grossness
is one of my roles in the household, so I powered through it. In the end this
turned out great. The drain is now shiny, clean, and draining perfectly. I even
managed to avoid yakking along the way.