Cleaning the dirty bathroom sink drain

This is the final week of Bathroom tips, so I am going to try to fill it with all my bathroom organising and cleaning ideas for you.  Today’s task is to clean below the bathroom sink plug area.  I try to clean this area once a week/fortnight, as it’s where I am looking every time I clean my teeth, I prefer it to be clean.  As you can see below the pipe can get very grotty.

CLEANING THE DIRTY BATHROOM SINK DRAIN I try to clean this area once a week/fortnight, as it's where I am looking every time I clean my teeth, I prefer it to be clean.

How to clean the Bathroom sink

  1. Remove the drain cover (to remove, put finger in hole and lift out, or push old toothbrush through and lift).
  2. Give the drain cover a good clean with an old toothbrush, bicarb and vinegar (or bathroom cleaner)
  3. Using old toothbrush give inside the drain a really good scrub removing all mould build up
  4. Replace cover and clean around the top of the plug hole.

Note:  If you have stubborn build up around the top area try removing it with a toothpick.

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Katrina Maree July 11, 2011 - 9:56 PM

Before i scrub the sink, i actually use toilet cleaner (i bought one just for sinks) and i run that around the rim and let it sit… it disolves so much grime and makes it that much easier to scrub 🙂 I also do the same for my kitchen sink, it makes the aluminium shiny 🙂

Katrina July 19, 2011 - 9:58 AM

Great tip Katrina, thankyou!

Belinda miller February 6, 2013 - 10:03 AM

Calcium dissolver from ENJO is my fave for the white stuff around the taps.

J'zanne Read May 31, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Not to forget many newer homes, have the “hotel” style plugs that are the metal press and pops with rubber seals. The caps rotate off, the “grill” is formed (not all, but most) to the ring. But, cleaning the cap and seal is just as important: being the underside is too high to soak in the pipe, and not in the basin. As anyone with kids know, there is always the challenge to see what can “fit” in with the water.

Katrina May 31, 2013 - 2:11 PM

great tip J’Zanne, thank you

Renee Simpson April 3, 2014 - 5:16 PM

Just did this today, couldn’t get over how disgusting the drain was.

Annette August 26, 2016 - 11:19 AM

Hi katrina
I use a tad of bleach in sinks (bathroom and kitchen ) and shower drains…. leave for few miniutes rinse off with water…. no scrubbing required. …. i do this on regular basis so never gets dirty really….. you have wonderful ideas katrina which i take on board to make my cleaning life more easy. …

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 29, 2016 - 9:12 AM

Thanks Annette, great tip, love quick and easy tips 😉

Gayle Goodwin August 28, 2016 - 10:26 PM

How do clean a stopper with push pull stopper and not those holes? I can’t even pour baking soda down it to clean w/ vinegar. Both tub & sink have these types of stoppers & back up often. I can not replace (nor will landlord replace)

Eleanor kay April 21, 2018 - 9:49 AM

I can’t remove the plastic drain covers think they are glued or have the out ring on them . I do miss our old brass ones. With the drain right outside with another plug you can remove to clear a. Blocked drain .


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