Hair is one of the most common causes of bathroom drains getting clogged. When this happens, especially with long hair, the clog can be quite hard to dislodge and it quickly prevents the water from being flushed away easily, causing some unhygienic build-ups and sediments in your bathtub or shower.
Here are some methods you can safely and easily try at home to get rid of that hair in your drains.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
One of the most common combinations of ingredients for those who want to stay away from harsh chemicals is baking soda and white vinegar. Together, they react to create an acidic fizz that can dissolve stubborn dirt and leave surfaces clean and sparkly.
To unclog your drain, first pour a cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Let them react for 10 minutes before you finish the job with some boiled water.
With hair, it’s often challenging to get it to move down the drain. Even if you dissolve the gunk it was combined with, the hair might still be there. So, you might have to dislodge it annually. First, remove the drain cover by unscrewing it. Then try a pair of tweezers or pliers to grab the hair and slowly get it out of the drain. It’s not a pleasant job, but it should work.
Wire Clothes Hanger
A very ingenious DIY is to straighten a wire coat hanger, then make a small hook at the end. This will help you grab the hair even if it’s deeper in the drain. Just lower it down the drain and when you reach the clog, try twisting the hook a bit so that it gets into the hair clog.
If you are dealing with a stubborn clog, get a cup-shaped plunger, and fill in the bathtub or shower tub with a bit of water to create a seal. After you’ve checked that the seal is tight and the plunger is in place, you can start the plunger moves.
Hair Removal Cream
Since hair is the main issue when it comes to unmovable clogs, a smart way of dealing with it is to use hair removal cream. It will dissolve the hair and stop it from clinging to the drain walls and other elements. Just pour a tube of hair removal down the drain, wait for 20 minutes, and try one of the methods above to finish the job.
Do Weekly Check-ups of Your Drain
The best way to get rid of hair clogs in your drains is to prevent build-up. Check your shower or bathtub drain weekly and remove any debris that accumulates from your daily showers. If you are dealing with a clog that didn’t go away with these methods, it’s time to call a plumber.