Not Your Mama’s Sink

by Sherry Riter in Decorating,Different,Product

A sink is also known as a basin and is described as a bowl-shaped fixture used for washing hands or small objects. Sinks usually have hot and cold water faucets. They also have a drain which allows for the removal of water and may include a strainer and/or shut-off device and an overflow-prevention device.

Sinks are made of many different materials such as:

  • Ceramic
  • Concrete
  • Copper
  • Enamel over steel or cast iron
  • Glass
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Plastic
  • Soapstone
  • Stainless steel
  • Stone
  • Terrazzo
  • Wood

Most clogs in sinks and tubs are due to a combination of hair and soaps. If you have metal pipes, one of the first things you can try to get rid of a clog is to use boiling water.

  • On the stove (microwave is too little) boil a gallon of water.
  • Slowly pour the boiling water into the clogged drain to dissolve the soaps which may be binding hair and other particles.

If that doesn’t work, follow the next method to “unclog” the sink:

A sink with an overflow hole showing
  • Use a piece of duct tape to cover and seal the overflow hole.
  • Fill the sink bowl halfway with water.
  • Place the cup plunger over the drain hole just as you would the hole in the toilet. Should I remind you that you should use a different plunger than the one you use in the toilet? I just wanted to make sure…ewwww.
  • Use quick, sharp plunges in an attempt to free the clog loose.

I’ve been lucky, because I haven’t ever had to personally go past this step, but if that still didn’t clear the clog, purchase a sink auger or plumbing snake and follow the manufacturers suggested instructions.

A great tip to remember is that if you have a garbage disposal in the kitchen sink, do not put too much food in at one time. I do know that if you put too many potato peels in the disposal at once, they turn into a pastie mash in the pipes. To unclog the sink, you simply need to remove the u-shape pipe connected to the garbage disposal. The hot water and plunger method do not seem to work on this type of clog.

A clear aqua sink bowl
Image: Sinks Gallery

Brilliant Spiral Sink
Brilliant Spiral Sink by Dornob

Urbi Sink
Roca Urbi Sink at

Villery and Boch Liaisons sink
Furniture Fashion
Image: Liaison by Villeroy and Boch

Moody Aquarium fish sink
Moody Aquarium Sink $4,500.00 USD
Image: Opulent Items

Image: Odin

Image: Holland

Image: Henry
I found this bath tub (I think it is TOTALLY adorable) at Spa Baby

Image: Jack

Can a sink really get any better?


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1 MelRoXx August 13, 2009 at 5:11 am

tagged you for a meme over at mine!


2 BunnoGal August 13, 2009 at 6:25 am

In Australia we don't have garbage disposals at all so I can't comment regarding unclogging them but it definitely doesn't sound like fun.

As for the babies in the sink. I did that with both of my kids until they grew too big. 🙂


3 Collette@Jesuslovesmums August 13, 2009 at 6:35 am

love the photos! the baby ones are so cute and that aquarium sink is cool, I have never seen anything quite like it!
Collette xxx


4 natalee August 13, 2009 at 10:20 am

I love the fishtank sink.. I wonder how much maintenance it is to keep it thebabies..


5 Oh Sew Good August 13, 2009 at 11:06 am

I've also heard using Clorox bleach works too. It has to be the Clorox brand though. I'm not sure why.


6 Amy August 13, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Wow great sinks and tips. But with some of those sinks you showed I would not be sure how to fix them. Really fish looking at me when I was my face. I love the babies in the sink the most.


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8 Kimi August 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Oh man some of those sink are awesome. I definitely wouldn't pay a few grand for a fish tank sink but it is cool to look at. I do prefer the ones with babies in them though 🙂 Too cute.


9 Mama Mel August 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Love the different sink pictures! I especially love the babies! So cute!

The fish tank sink is cool too… but I bet it would be difficult to clean the tank! 🙂


10 Tabitha@ichoosebliss August 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm

I remember bathing my baby girl in the sink. She use to get so excited! I even remember my mom bathing my sister and I in one when we were very little.


11 Julie@Momspective August 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I've always wanted a cool sink. Those pics are fantastic!


12 mzbehavin August 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm

I had to become a follower for a few reasons….

The kitchen cabinets…..

( It's awakened a yen I didn't know I had… I don't even like cooking, this makes no sense…)

The sinks…… Especially, the fish….. I may not pay thousands of dollars for it….. but it's definitely going on the list for Santa…..)

The redheaded Bouffant………..

I spent a year with an orange afro………

It's a good thing for my mother that I was too short to reach the phone…..

and that this was in the days before 911…..

You have a beautiful blog, and now you're stuck with me……… 🙂


13 Navyvet August 13, 2009 at 4:27 pm

This was rather educational until I got to the pics of the kids in sinks. Who hasn't washed their baby in a sink? I was laughing and smiling and enjoyed this so much! Thank you!


14 Ashley Ladd August 13, 2009 at 10:20 pm

I want either the snail sink or the aquarium one. My sinks look so old fashioned compared to those.


15 Debbie in Nashville August 14, 2009 at 12:52 am

Love those photos! As an architect I love to look at the sinks and can't tell you how many restrooms I have taken pictures of while traveling. The Sydney Opera House have the coolest sinks!


16 Peterson Family August 14, 2009 at 1:23 am

Great post! Loved all the pics!


17 Kristen Andrews August 14, 2009 at 2:58 am

babies in sinks are always cute! I don't think I ever gave my son a bath in the sink now that I think about it.


18 The Dapper Darling August 14, 2009 at 6:29 am

I love that shell sink…beautiful!


19 Helen McGinn August 14, 2009 at 10:37 am

Now THAT's what you call a sink!


20 B Boys Mom August 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm

We just had to snake out the drain in the shower. Talk about yucky!

Love the little ones in the sinks. They are so cute.


21 Sadiebug and her Mom August 15, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I have to say the swirly one and the goldfish ones are my favorite. That is so cool!

Have a happy SITS day!


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