How Can I Unclog My Shower Drain?
You can utilize common household items to clear blockages in your shower, bathtub, and kitchen drains.
Clogged drains are a frequent issue in households, with kitchen blockages often caused by food remnants. Fortunately, activating the garbage disposal usually takes care of this problem swiftly. However, when it comes to the shower, the primary culprit is usually hair that gets shed during bathing. Since shower drains lack a garbage disposal, you may need to employ a bit of ingenuity to tackle this issue.
No need to rush to the store to purchase specialized drain-cleaning products. Instead, you can find all the necessary materials right in your home to effectively unclog most shower drains. Here are several methods you can use:
Using Boiling Water
One of the easiest methods for unclogging a bathtub or shower drain involves boiling water. Just boil some water and pour it gradually down the drain. With a little luck, you might not require any extra tools or actions, and your drain will be clear again.
Coat Hanger Method
Retrieve a coat hanger from your closet. Shape one end into a small hook, either using your hands or pliers if required. Insert it into the shower drain to retrieve the accumulated hair and pull it out. Depending on the time since your last attempt, you might consider removing the drain itself by unscrewing it for better access with your coat hanger hook to completely clear the clog in the shower drain.
Baking Soda and Vinegar (or Salt) Blend
You have two options for this approach, both involving an equal mixture of baking soda and vinegar or salt (1/2 cup of each). The first method entails pre-mixing the baking soda and vinegar before pouring the mixture down the drain. As these two substances combine, you’ll observe a chemical reaction characterized by bubbling or fizzing. Alternatively, you can opt to pour the baking soda down the drain first, followed by the vinegar (or salt followed by boiling water). This combination is an effective way to eliminate stubborn grime, grease, and hair accumulations. Remember to flush the shower drain with hot water before resuming your shower, especially if you’ve used vinegar.
Dish Detergent Method
If your drain remains clogged, consider employing a denser lubricant to dislodge the accumulated hair causing the blockage. Begin by pouring 1/4 cup of dish detergent down the drain, followed by boiling water. The viscosity of the dish detergent is effective in detaching hair that has adhered to the drain’s interior, while the hot water will flush away the remaining debris, ultimately unclogging your shower drain.
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