How to Retrieve Jewelry From Bathroom Sink


Jewelry is a woman’s best friend. It can be worn to make an impression, adorn oneself with the latest in fashion trends, or provide personal flair when necessary. However, no matter what your reasons for wearing jewelry are, it should always remain securely adhered to your person at all times-unless you find yourself in need of retrieving jewelry from a bathroom sink drain. In this article, I will discuss how to retrieve jewelry from bathroom sink. So let us get started.

How to Retrieve Jewelry From Bathroom Sink

How Jewelry Gets In the Bathroom Sink

The family jewels tend to get caught on various bathroom fixtures such as toothbrush holders, soap dishes, and glass shelf edges. For example, it is not uncommon for rings to roll over the edge of the sink and fall down the drain all by themselves. Many people have also found their bracelets snagged in shower curtain hooks or have noticed necklaces hanging oddly because they somehow became entangled with other items in the bathroom. Other culprits are tiny magnetic jewelry clasps that attach to things like earrings, which can accidentally get stuck to metals parts in faucets.

A Detailed Stepwise Guide on How to Retrieve Jewelry From Bathroom Sink

What You Will Need:

A pair of rubber or latex gloves (It must be rubber/latex because they do not conduct electricity) A strong magnet (must be a magnet, because it attracts metal and nothing else. The only other thing it will attract is your credit card if you get the wrong kind of magnet.) A bright flashlight (Any bright light source will do. Kitchen lights tend to contain halogen bulbs which work perfectly well for this task.) Some high-strength industrial adhesive such as epoxy, super glue, etc. An old toothbrush and some mild detergent Water Rubber dishwashing gloves Rubber dishwashing mat

At Your Own Risk: A bucket, a shirt you don want anymore / anti-static work area / anti-static mat

Step 1:

Take off any rings, bracelets, or watches you are wearing. If they stay on your fingers after the procedure, they may be ruined. Do not do this if you have a ring on that has sentimental value !!! You will never see it again !!! A simple wedding band is usually ok unless it is unique – in which case it is probably not worth trying to salvage anyway.

Take Off Rings!

Step 2:

Turn out all lights in the bathroom, including vanity lights and night light(s), as well as overhead lighting if possible. Of course, you need total darkness for this part of the procedure but make sure you can still see your hand in front of your face !!! This will prevent you from accidentally dropping something (like your wedding band) down the drain as you grope around for it.

Step 3:

First, turn on only the bathroom overhead lighting and wait for about 10 minutes to allow your eyes to adjust. This allows any moisture in the air to clear up, making it easier to see what is going on nearby once your flashlight comes on. Also, if there are night lights in the room, they will give off enough light so that you can see reasonably well without turning on additional lighting or using a flashlight.

Next, boot up your laptop if you need some extra light – again, not so much light that it interferes with your ability to have good vision in total darkness but just enough to provide relief from total darkness – or to read your flashlights screen. On some laptops, the lighted keyboard will serve this purpose well.

Step 4:

Make sure you are wearing rubber dishwashing gloves on both hands !!! The rubber gloves are essential for two reasons – they help prevent electrical shock by insulating you from electricity if you get zapped. They also protect your hands from any caustic chemicals that might be present in the water.

Wearing Rubber Gloves

Unscrew the P-trap underneath your bathroom sink if it has one. This is where all of the wastewater lines go and the sink trap (which is usually a bit smaller than a standard-size toilet). If there is not already a bucket under the web, put an old towel or shirt or something to soak up any water that will come out.

Step 5:

Please turn on the shower so hot water comes out of both sides, making sure they face different directions, and put one hand under each side of the faucet (see picture). You need a lot of pressure for this part – like trying to fill a bucket with only your hands! Depending on how low your sink is, you may also want to put one leg on top of the sink for added leverage.

The idea here is to try and shoot as much water down the drain as possible (without getting soaked yourself !!!). This will help prevent almost all of the items in your bathroom from going through the P-Trap and clogging up your drain. If necessary, you can put a bucket under each shower or faucet, but it is not recommended that you use more than two buckets at any one time.

You need to move freely while bearing down just in case something falls out of the sink. Make sure there is no other stuff on your bathroom floor, such as towels, washcloths, etc., because just about anything will get sucked into the drain if it falls off while you are pushing on the P-trap !!!

Step 6:

After about 10 minutes of full-on pushing, you should be able to see if there is anything stuck in the trap (or at least tell that there isn’t). If everything looks clear, then it is time to turn off your showers or faucets, but leave them on just long enough so that all of the remaining water drains out into your buckets.

Step 7:

Put down one bucket and pick up another, standing on either side of the P-trap. Next, put down one bucket and pick up another – this time standing either side of the P-trap. Make sure to watch for falling objects !!! This will usually take less than a minute. After you have both buckets filled with water, dump them down any drain except for the sink’s P-trap – preferably a floor drain or outside if it is raining!

Step 8:

Use a plunger over the P-Trap to make sure all remaining water goes down your drain. Make sure to apply copious amounts of petroleum jelly around the rim of the plunger. This will help ensure that you create a tight seal with the rubber end. You can find them at any hardware store for less than $10, and you should keep one in your bathroom for emergencies such as this!

Using a Large Sink Plunger

I recommend using a large sink plunger (also called a plumber’s helper) rather than the smaller toilet plunger because they are more robust and will more easily cover the more significant amount of surface area on most bathroom sinks ­– plus some older bathroom sinks have a rather large drain opening anyway.

Precautions While Retrieving Jewelry From Bathroom SInk

Always wear safety equipment when retrieving jewelry from the bathroom sink. Gloves, eye protection, and an air filter are appropriate to protect yourself while recovering your jewelry.

Ensure there is plenty of ventilation in the room you’re working in to reduce the possibility of harmful fume inhalation.


I hope you have obtained a clear idea of how to retrieve jewelry from bathroom sink. Ensure all the necessary precautions while performing the process. Thank you and have a nice day!

You can also check it out: How to Get a Cap Out of a Bathroom Sink Drain

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