When the drains in our house get sluggish, here's what I do. Pour some baking soda in the drain (about 1/2 cup), then about the same amount of white vinegar. Immediately pour in a couple cups of boiling water, and plunge with the plunger. This will loosen and pull up to the top any thing caught in the drain or pipe. This is especially effective with hair in the tub or shower drain.
I had a plumber tell me to pour NEAT, NAIR or any other hair removal cream down the drains in my bathroom to unclog them because mostly it's hair that's stuck in the drain. I've been doing this for years now and it works great. I pour it down, let it sit about 30 minutes and then run the tap for about 10 minutes to wash it all away. (05/18/2004)
I use my old toothbrushes to clean my shower drain, the toothbrush collects hair like you would not believe. I use rubber gloves and put the toothbrush in the shower drain and it really pulls out the hair. Then, I keep doing that until I get it all. Works Great! (09/08/2004)
By Diana Dwyer
The baking soda and vinegar worked great! It completely unclogged my shower drain. This simple solution will save me a call to the plumber! Thanks a lot! (11/26/2007)
Help! My bathtub drain is very very sluggish when I shower. I am standing in lots of water. How do I get rid of all this water? Thanks!
(b)Editor's Note:(/b) Quite often hair collects in the drain and keeps it from draining properly. You can take a wire coat hanger and see if you can pull up any hair, if you get any, keep trying to get more. Then put about 2 TBSP. of baking soda down the drain and follow it with white vinegar until it stops fizzing. Then run hot water down the drain. That can remove the other clogs. (12/20/2007)
You could rent what is called a snake from a big box store or hardware store. It is a wire coiled on to a wheel. You feed the wire down the toilet or drain and it will pick up anything that is clogging the toilet. Most chemicals don't work very well. (09/18/2008)
Go to your styling salon and ask them about the granulated drain hair dissolver. I have never seen anything like it. You just pour a 1/4 in the drain and turn on the water and it cleans your drain clean as a whistle in a matter of seconds. You then follow that with boiling water to make sure you get all of the cleaner dissolved and washed out of the drain. I house sit for a lady who uses that and I was truly amazed by it the first time I used it. Caution: use rubber gloves. It is toxic. I got a granule under a fingernail and it burned a hole through the fingernail. (09/18/2008)
Just one quick tip: the only brand of plunger to have is called a Master Blaster. The bell is accordioned and it has huge capacity for more water to push with. No substitute, so if you haven't tried to clear it without a Master Blaster, you haven't tried. Well worth going and getting one. Online if you must. (09/18/2008)
I pour about a cup of bleach down the drain, let it sit about 30 minutes, and then flush with water. I do it every month or two, and since I started doing that, I have had no problem with hair clogs in the shower. And I am the mother of two daughters with long hair! (09/18/2008)
I suspect that it is a clog in the toilet that is causing the problem. Usually toilet clogs can be fixed with plunging, as long as it is not something like a Barbie doll down in the toilet. Chemicals are not that effective for toilets. I doubt that hair in the shower is the problem if the toilet is stopped up as well. I have never had this problem, however, I used to have a problem with twin kitchen sinks with a garborator. The garborator sink would get clogged, and plunging was ineffectual because the water just came up in the other sink. Perhaps this is what is happening in your case. Try plunging while you have the shower sealed off with the plug or another plunger. Likely someone will have to hold this down. In your post you said "toilets" so if we are talking about more than one, as well as the shower, the clog is must be well down in the plumbing. I have never used a plumbing snake, but that may be what you need. (09/19/2008)
We had some trouble with our tub drains. The building where we live is old and the stoppers on the tubs had rusted and gotten 25 years of gunk on them. DH took them out, leaving the handle in place. That solved our problem since we only shower anyway. I bought one of the flat rubber stoppers for when my granddaughter comes over. (09/19/2008)
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