If you notice your kitchen sink draining slowly or smelling foul, the solution can be as simple as using a dishwasher tablet. Just place the tablet directly at the plug hole, or if you have a garbage disposal, drop it down the drain as far as it will go. Pour hot water or boiling water from a kettle down the drain, adding enough water to fully dissolve the tablet, including its polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) film. Voila! Your kitchen sink will be fresh and functioning properly again.
While the dishwasher tablet hack is a convenient solution for minor clogs in the kitchen sink, it is important to consider its limitations. Dishwasher detergent is not specifically formulated to break down hair, making it ineffective in tackling shower drain clogs. It’s best to reserve this method for addressing kitchen sink issues and explore alternative solutions for bathroom drains that may involve hair or other specific substances.