Asked on Apr 16, 2019

How do I unclog a tub drain?

BetsyLindaJean Lumsden


4 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Apr 16, 2019

    Remove the cover.

    Try to remove any hair & gunk manually. I recommend the long plastic tool that is jagged. It's inexpensive and effective.

    Pour 1 cup baking soda then 1 cup white vinegar in the drain, cover, let sit 15 minutes.

    Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.

    Repeat until draining sufficiently, then place cover back on drain.

  • Jean Lumsden
    on Apr 16, 2019

    Baking soda and vinegar> let work a while> pour in boiling hot water

  • Linda
    on Apr 16, 2019

    I used this tool first to see if I can unclog a drain. It works like a charm.

  • Betsy
    on Apr 22, 2019

    Hi Alisha: If you can get a really long zip tie, cut slits going down the side, one on the right, one on the left, all the way along to the bottom. Then, tie a string on the top really securely, and tie that around your finger. This will keep it from falling down the drain:) Then, stick it into the drain and jiggle it around and lift it out to see if anything stuck to it. If so, do it a few more times to get as much gunk out as you can.

    Then, You will need this:

    A small box of baking soda

    1/2 cup vinegar

    1 quart of water


    1. Bail out any standing water .
    2. Dump about 1/2 of a box of dry baking soda down the drain.
    3. Get your plunger or stopper ready and at your side, and be prepared to hold it down tightly.
    4. Put a cloth in the overflow hole tightly, it's usually near the top of the sink or by the front of a bath tub.
    5. Following the baking soda, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain.
    6. Immediately after you pour it in, plug the drain with the plunger or stopper, or whatever you have that can seal the opening, covering the drain hole completely so nothing can escape.
    7. HOLD TIGHT!The interaction of the vinegar and baking soda will cause a “mini volcano” that will come up and out of the drain if you don’t keep it down there, to bust out your clog.
    8. After the initial “volcano” subsides, leave the baking soda and vinegar mixture in the drain for about 30 minutes. While you are waiting, boil a tea kettle full of water.
    9. After 30 minutes, remove the stopper or plunger and slowly pour the boiling water down the drain.
    10. This should take care of the clog. You may have to do it twice, but usually not.

    Good luck

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