How to unclog a shower drain

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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.

Well three months after moving in it happens again and we need to unclog the shower drain (eww!!) Huge clumps of soapy hair is one of the most disgusting things. It is not for the weak-stomached like me. My husband even has a hard time unclogging drains and he is an ambulance driver!

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

How to unclog a shower drainFirst remove any stoppers from the drain. My drain is in the center of the shower pan so we had to unscrew a drain cover.

How to unclog a shower drainMix 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.

How to unclog a shower drainCarefully 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!

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How to unclog a shower drain