Pre-empt the problem
The best defense against clogs is to prevent them before they happen. Keep hair, soap, and other debris out by placing a strainer over drains and rinsing it weekly. And remember to remove the pop-up stoppers in your sink and tub once a week and rinse clean.
Tweeze, plunge, snake
If the water flow is truly clogged, remove the stopper to see if something is blocking the drain.
If you can’t remove the blockage with tweezers, grab a plunger or craft a DIY plumber’s snake from a coat hanger.
Clean your trap
The elbow-shaped pipe, or trap, underneath your sink prevents odors from seeping into your kitchen or bathroom. It can also collect a lot of debris. To clean it, place a bucket underneath the pipe to collect water, then unscrew the slip nuts on each side of the trap (or simply remove the clean-out plug if you have one). Let water drain into the bucket.
Next, use a bent pipe cleaner to scrub the section of the pipe beyond the trap.
When you’re finished, reattach the trap and run some hot water through the sink to clear out any remaining grime.
Rely on good products
If you still have a clog after draining, snaking, and tweezing, you might need some help from a drain-clearing product. Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover is the best for cutting through clogs causing standing water. It clings to the clog longer and cuts through hair and soap scum within minutes. Just remember to do your plunging first to avoid splash back from the drain.