clear drains in the sink, tub, and shower in your bathroom

This inexpensive plastic tool will help you clear drains in your bathroom.

by Janet Akers


I moved into a rental home recently.  When I took a shower, I found myself standing in several inches of water.  Not a great way to start my day!  So I dried off and headed to my local hardware store to find an environmentally friendly product to clear drains in my bathroom.  What the employee suggested was the interesting tool shown in the photograph above.


It’s a thin piece of plastic, 20″ long, with barbs on the sides.  You push it down the drain and pull up all that nasty gunk that has caused the clog.  It’s a mixture of hair and soap and whatever else you put down the drain.  The woman who had rented the house before me had long hair and that had created a mega-clog.  I had to run the tool down the drain several times to catch all of the mess.  It helps to run a bit of boiling water down the drain first to loosen up the mass of soap, and have a stack of paper towels to clean the gunk off the tool once you have pulled it out of the drain.  No damage to your pipes and it costs less than $5!


While you are working on your drains, try a combination of vinegar and baking soda to clean things out.  Good for the environment, your wallet, and your septic system!  Start by pouring a pot of boiling water down the drain, followed by a 1/2 cup of baking soda.  Wait a couple of minutes, then mix 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup boiling water.  Pour this mixture down the drain, cover with the drain plug if there is one, and let it do it’s thing for 10 minutes.  The vinegar and baking soda react to cause a volcano of bubbles that will loosen up all the sludge in the pipe.  Finish up by pouring one more pot of boiling water down the drain and you should be good to go!  This will work for all of your bathroom drains – sink, tub, or shower.