I have a reoccurring problem in the shower. Every few months the drain will start to drain slower and slower until one day I am standing in a few inches of soapy water by the end of my shower. When we lived in an apartment my husband cleaned the shower drain every few months. A task he was not to fond of and was hoping would go away with our new house.
I am not a fan of chemical smells and since our new shower is adjoining our bedroom I was hesitant to pour any nasty smelling tonics down the drain. They had to use something before Draino was invented, right?
What you need:
- 1 cup salt
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 gallon boiling water
First remove any stoppers from the drain. My drain is in the center of the shower pan so we had to unscrew a drain cover.
Mix salt and baking soda into a large bowl. Add vinegar to the bowl slowly, the reaction of vinegar and baking soda bubbles like a soda. Be careful not to make a huge mess. Pour the mixture down the drain and wait 10 minutes.
Carefully pour boiling water down the drain. Run hot water tap until drain flows freely.
Our clog was maybe a little too big and we also used a plunger to force the clog free. It has been at least a week and we haven’t had any problems. No chemicals for us from now on!