Creative Ways to Fix a Clogged Shower Drain When You Are Out of Drain Cleaner

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There are few things as annoying as having the tub fill up around you as you are taking a shower. Anyone who has had the pleasure of reaching down into a shower drain to pull a nasty clump of hair out knows that it can be enough to nearly bring a person to vomit. Knowing that something so disgusting is the cause of your blockage problem isn’t the least bit comforting. If you have a bottle of Drain-O under your bathroom sink you can fix your problem quickly, but what about those days when you don’t have any drain cleaner and don’t want to make a trip to the store. Don’t worry. There is no need to fear. It is very likely that you may be able to remedy your clogged shower drain problem using regular household products that are already in your home.

Coke is More Than a Tasty Fizzy Drink

You have probably heard the rumors about the amazing power coke has to break down otherwise intimidatingly strong materials, including your teeth, but what if you could use this power for good instead of evil? Instead of wasting your time doing experiments involving submerging chicken bones in your soda to see if they will turn to rubber, why don’t you try dumping a two liter bottle down your shower drain? Let it fizz and do its magic over night, and then chase it down with hot water in the morning. You won’t be disappointed. This process is even more successful if you have the courage to stick some tweezers down the drain and pull out visible causes of the clog first, but if that’s too much for you, the coke alone will definitely make a big dent in your problem.

As Simple as Salt and Water

If your clog doesn’t seem like it is too bad you can make a solution using about half a cup of salt and four liters of water. Get the water nice and warm. Then pour that mixture down the drain and let your salty solution do the dirty work so that you don’t have to.

Apply that Volcano Experiment to Your Shower Drain and Get Explosive Results

Most children at some point in their educational careers have the opportunity to make a volcano that really erupts by experimenting with baking soda and vinegar. Well, as cool as all of those volcano projects at the science fair may seem, you may be even more pleased when you apply the baking soda and vinegar experiment to your shower clog. Start by putting half a cup of baking soda down the drain. Follow that up with half a cup of vinegar. The chemical reaction that ensues will work wonders. Wait about fifteen minutes and then pour boiling water down your drain to clean off remaining residue. If you know that your bathroom plumbing uses plastic pipes, you will want to use hot, but not quite boiling water in order to avoid melting your pipes.

Sweet Success

You will be amazed to see that you don’t need to worry about going to the store to purchase drain cleaner any more. You can be successful in fixing your shower clogs using every day products that you already have in your home.