Warning, this project is not pleasant and the smell that can erupt from the drain is beyond putrid!
You’ll want to know how to unclog a drain in your tub or shower so you don’t have to call a plumber.
Also, this DIY is for slow drains, or slight blockage, like the type where the blockage is not completely DOWN the drainpipe.
When your bathroom tub or shower drain is filled with hair and nasty gunk the water just won’t drain.
Who the heck wants to shower with dirty water from the drain puddling at your feet?
You really won’t need much to do this DIY to remove hair from drains in the shower, tub, and sink.
As a bonus, I’ll share how to get the nasty gunk out of your sink, tub, and shower drains too.
When you are done with my DIY to remove hair from drains in the shower, tub, and sink, you will have resolved an everyday issue, fast!
Remove Hair From A Drain
Tip: if you do this monthly, it will get easier and easier and hopefully less accumulation.
What I’ve found is the more I stay faithful to the simple process it’s less likely to clog up on me!
I prefer not to have to wait for help, like my husband after he comes in from work.
In fact, I am a DIY girl and I love getting things done on my own!
Also, doing this more frequently than not is called sink and shower upkeep and means that the buildup won’t be as bad.
Additionally, when you remove hair from a drain, all that soap debris (soap scum), also won’t accumulate.
Hopefully, this will help you alleviate the need to call a plumber!.
Last, I’ll give you a few tips on how to maintain your efforts!
Don’t Buy Every Gadget On The Market
Honestly, I’ve tried a lot of products and finally have found one that works without exception in my tub and sink drains.
Not every product delivers the results you will be seeking, but this one will!
Also, know that I am a firm believer that using chemicals to resolve the mess is totally unnecessary and I will step you through this.
What You Will Need For This DIY to Remove Hair From A Drain
As a self-proclaimed PRO at this particular project, I will suggest some items to help you with this project.
First, make sure you have some disposable gloves, and that would be a ‘you gotta.’
Next, a trash bag, and some wipes or paper towels.
Finally, at the end of the hair and gunk removal, you will want to sanitize your hair remover with an antibacterial sort of cleaner(bleach, Lysol, etc!)
Last, if you have a queasy stomach, make sure to have something nearby you can smell, because the raw sewage smell is about to haunt your nostrils.
My one friend uses a scented candle, I use nothing!
The Drain on The Shower or Tub
I spin the drain on ours and the top release and then I go ‘hair diving and gunk diving.’
The gunk ranges from hair to soap scum.
I dip the stick in, pull it out, and GRAB the gunk with a paper towel.
Then I place the ‘gunk’ into a double plastic bag (I recycle the ones from the grocery store and sometimes these have holes, so I double it for no leaking.
Next, I repeat the same procedure until no more hair or soap scum remains.
However, what I have found is generally the drain plug itself (if it does down) also has GOOK on it that needs to be tended to with a wipe etc.
Remove Hair from Drain and After Dredging the Drain
Initially, I did this step after EVERY cleaning, now, as I clean the drain almost as a ritual monthly, I do it every 3rd month.
Adjust as needed.
Simple create about 4-5 cups of boiling water.
Do take care NOT to get burned when transporting the hot water.
I have a non-used tea kettle that has evolved into the bathroom cleaner water kettle
So, after I boil the water, and after I have unclogged the tub drain, I first pour in 1/2 C of Dawn BLUE Dish detergent.
Then, I bring the water over the drain and pour it down slowly.
Replace the drain, and wipe up around the drain (for that black dirty debris that comes out of the drain:).
Our Shower Drain & Sinks
I would have to pop that off with a screwdriver in the one little ‘cut’ that allowed for that.
My point is this, every drain is different, but they all have a way to be disassembled (if you so choose), but many of the tools to unclog don’t require you to take the drain plug off!
Once you figure that out, that’s more than 1/2 the battle that needed to be solved!
So clean up the mess!
Did I mention that since I style my hair (as many do) over my vanity, often hair must get down in there?
Additionally, toothpaste remanents and foaming facial clean, hand soap, and the like all eventually clog up the sink drain.
Rather than having to take the pipe from underneath and drain it (yes we’ve had to do that) I stay on top of the situation.
Then I follow that up with Dawn and hot water, or I use a different brew.
A 1:1:1 Bakin Soda, Salt, and Vinegar.
Let the foaming bliss begin!
Alternatively, I am not a COKE drinker but I will occasionally use a Can of Coke down the drain
Google it if you don’t believe me, it’s a miracle worker once the sink is pre-cleaned!