How do I easily clean the drains in the sink and tub?

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  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 02, 2019

    How badly are they clogged?

    Kitchen sinks need live enzymes (septic tank type).

    Bathroom sinks & bathtubs need soap scum & hair clog dissolving “Draino”. Hair is a big culprit & vinegar nor bleach won’t do a thing to it.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Oct 02, 2019

    I clean my drains with a hair grabber, first, since an unbelievable amount of hair gets trapped. They are long, flexible wires with barbs to catch the hair, if you aren't familiar with them. Super cheap. You just work them through the openings in your drain. My shower drain holes are too small, so I unscrew the cover for that one.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 02, 2019

    Hi Darlene: Are they stopped up or just icky? This looks long and complicated, but it's not. Well, it is long, but not complicated:)

    If stopped up,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.

    If rusty or dirty: The Dollar Tree carries a product called Totally Awesome Rust, Calcium and Lime remover. It works quite well and is only a buck:) Pour or spray it on, let it sit for about an hour and rinse well. That should do it.

    The ultimate stain remover that actually works on a seriously set in stain!

    1 tsp. Dawn dish washing detergent

    3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide

    A couple tablespoons of baking soda.

    Scrub on with a scrubbing brush

    Rinse and let dry.

    Good luck

  • Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! Toni @ Girl, Just DIY! on Oct 02, 2019

    Every drain has a trap that can get clogged with soap scum, hair and grime. I don't like using chemical cleaners and have resorted to using one of these Mini/Compact Drain Plungers.

    I fill the sink with hot soapy water first and then let it start draining and start plunging. In a bathroom sink or tub you have to cover the overflow drain. It might take a few tries but the drain will clear. Warning, it can smell pretty rank.

    They also sell a model specific for double kitchen sinks where the trap might be further away, or there's a garbage disposal involved. If it doesn't clear it the problem might be in a trap further under the house.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 02, 2019

    This can be a frequent consideration if you have someone blessed with curly long hair like we do.

    Even though we have an auger, most commonly we find that our drains need to be physically fished out. Either using an unbent hanger as a refashioned hook or plastic barbed tool from the dollar store to explore the drain obstruction.

    Fishing out the blockage with that in -our experience— to partially involve hair seems to most readily alleviate stoppage in our faucets and shower drains.

    There are some retrofit devices out there and that could be helpful if you get your drain clean consider the little mushroom cap for collecting the hair. There is also a more refined looking chrome for one but if you look at customer reviews and Q&A’s it seems like this mushroom one has a higher review. You may consider having a look at these existing devices to see if that will help the problem from from reoccurring.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 02, 2019

    Remove as much as possible with a snake or drain cleaning tool. Pour ½ cup baking soda then ½ cup white vinegar in the drain and cover, letting sit for 20 minutes. Boil water, remove cover, and pour water down the drain. You may have to repeat the process.

  • Darlene Darlene on Oct 03, 2019

    thank you

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