When you use your home, gunk in your sink and shower drains will build up and clog those suckers!
You can eliminate gunk in your sink and shower drains fast with my simple DIY.
Are you ready to eliminate gunk in your sink and shower drains?
My fabulous DIY will work out the gunk in your shower, tub, and bathroom sinks, if they are loaded!
What’s the gunk?
- toothepaste debris
This one is not for the faint of heart.
Warning, this project is not pleasant and the smell that can erupt from the drain is beyond putrid!
Going in for this mess of gunk is certainly not fun but WOW is it necessary!
But for some reason, when I work on unclogging our sink and shower drains, a sense of relief and cleanliness comes about!
It’s a gross job to eliminate gunk in your sink and shower drains, but why call a plumber for everyday gunk.
When to eliminate gunk in your sink and shower drains?
I am sure you already have had this happen, we all have and it’s N-A-S-T-Y!
When your feet are swimming in a pool of water that should be going down the drain, it’s time to put your plumbing skills to work!
Or when the sink that you spit your toothpaste into doesn’t swallow the mouthfuls you are donating.
Don’t worry, this DIY won’t cost you much, and once you’ve cleaned the gunk. I’ll share a few ways to keep it away!
From soap scum accumulation to long hair, short hair, and multiple people using showers, hair-clogged drains happen.
Just so we are clean, this is for slow-moving drains due to hair, and debris, not due to other issues. Everyday usage creates this natural disgusting gunk.
Who the heck wants to shower with dirty water from the drain puddling at your feet?
As a bonus, I’ll share how to eliminate gunk in your sink and shower drains and for your tub 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!
No more wading in your own filth or that of the drains and no plumber needed.
Eliminate gunk in your sink and shower drains starts with HAIR
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!
Start by removing hair from your sink. ↓↓↓
Triumphant Tool To Consider Before You Start Your Fishing Hair Expedition
This tool IMO is the total unclogging BOMB we all need in our homes to eliminate gunk in your sink and shower drains forevermore!
But wait, there’s more, buy a pack of these, not just ONE! Store one in every bathroom.
When you are not using this tool, wrap a plastic bag around it, so all the GUNK that touched it doesn’t touch anything else! Hang it off the toilet paper dispenser in bathrooms that are not on the first floor!
Using this tool to eliminate gunk in your sink and shower drains will be the game-changer!
Additionally, when you remove hair from a drain, all that soap debris (soap scum), won’t accumulate as badly or thick as before.
Since there is nothing for the other GUNK to cling to, well, it might just slide away. If it doesn’t don’t worry I am about to share another fabulous tip to help eliminate gunk in your sink and shower drains, keep reading.
Sink and shower upkeep and means that the buildup won’t be as bad.
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!
Toothpaste and soap slime add to the gunk in your drains
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.
For those that just need to clean out the sink in the bathroom, and those that don’t want to take the drain off, this is the tool of your dreams and mine!
In fact, this particular drain unclogger is more FIRM than not, and it really pulls up the gunk and hair out of the drains that are not down there too deep!
Toothpaste and soap slime will also adhere to this nifty tool!
The grippiness of the tool is amazing and delightful and so GROSS.
But, once you do this, the toothpaste and soap slime will be gone and your drain will move!
Prep to eliminate gunk in your sink and shower drains
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!
How to eliminate the gunk in the drain in the shower and tub
I spin the drain on ours and the top release and then I go ‘hair diving and gunk diving.’
By placing this device in each of the four ports on our drain I can ‘excavate’ and extract gobs of ‘GUNK!’
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.
There are those uncloggers that rate high as well and don’t need the drain plug to be removed and you can just fish it down.
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.
TIP for cleaning the tool that will eliminate gunk in your sink and shower drains
A paper towel is good to grab the gunk with because it is dry and porous against the bristles of this hair grabber.
However, when I am done and have cleaned the tool I use a few sanitizing wipes and then place this in a bag so it touches nothing else.
Stow it behind your toilet, in the garage, or if the bathroom is used by family only, let it hang on the toilet paper dispenser so it is always close by!
After you eliminate gunk in your sink and shower drains do THIS
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.
You don’t want this happening, do you? ↓
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
- 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 it up around the drain (for that black dirty debris that comes out of the drain:)
Our Shower Drain & Sinks – Other thoughts for reference
The drain in our shower was not a screw-off but instead sat flush with the floor.
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!
Other Options for Down the Drain
- A 1:1:1 Bakin Soda, Salt, and Vinegar (this creates a foamy bliss if you’ve mixed it correctly
- I am not a COKE drinker but I will occasionally use a Can of Coke down the drain!
That’s it, enjoy unclogging those drains loaded with toothpaste, soap, and hair gunk! ~ Dana XO
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