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DIY Guide to Cleaning Your Shower and Bathtub Drain
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Baths and showers are a great way to relax and de-stress after a long day; that is until one fine day the soap scum and dirty water that’s washed off your body isn’t going down the drain! Of course, there’s no need to panic when you encounter a clogged shower or bathtub drain; in fact, there’s no need to call a plumber either.
At some point, every household experiences a clogged shower drain caused by hair, gunk, and other dirt which has accumulated in the pipeline over time. It’s definitely an icky thought to clean up the nasty stuff hiding in your drain, however, you will be pleasantly surprised by how easily you can do it with these simple DIY guides to unclog a shower and bathtub drain. Best of all, they are a whole lot cheaper than hiring a professional for the job!
Read on to learn Maid For You’s DIY approach to cleaning and unclogging your shower and bathtub drain.
How to Clean Your Shower Drain
Whether your shower drain is completely clogged, draining slowly, or just in need of cleaning to get rid of grime, this all-natural approach is extremely effective.
- Measure a gallon of water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Take the pot off the stove and immediately pour it down the drain.
- Follow this up with half a cup of baking soda. Pour it down the drain and set a timer for 15 minutes.
- After about 10-12 minutes, prepare for the next step by boiling 1 cup of water (no need to over boil it), and add in half a cup of white vinegar.
- Pour the water-vinegar mixture down the drain when the timer goes off. At this point, the baking soda will begin to react with the vinegar, typically foaming and rising above the drain. For better results, you want to keep this reaction within the pipeline by covering the drain with a drain plug, or a thick (dirty) folded towel/cloth.
- Wait for 15 minutes and then flush the ingredients further down the drain with another gallon of boiling hot water.
- Test the drain out by running the shower while you rinse the floor; the water should be flowing down the drain normally while smelling fresh, too!
If you’re wondering how this simple solution can unclog and deodorize a shower drain, it’s the (non-toxic) chemical reaction that occurs between the vinegar and baking soda which eats away at grime and sludge located at the base of the drain. With all the grime out of the way, the pipeline is clear to efficiently drain out water from your shower!