Asked on Jan 12, 2020

How do I clear out the bathroom drain?

BetsyChrisDebbie/Dragonfly Treasure


8 answers
  • William
    on Jan 12, 2020

    First of all try using a plunger. Cover the overflow hole with wet paper towels. Pour some baking soda down the drain. Then pour some vinegar down. After it stops foaming follow up with hot water. If this doesn't work the clog may be further down the line and it would need to be rodded from underneath.

  • Mogie
    on Jan 12, 2020

    They make plastic little "snakes" of sort to pull out hair from your drain. You didn't mention if this was the bathroom sink or the tub but should help both. I know it did for me. Got mine at and paid less then $8 for a package of 5 and they are reusable.

  • TannerA
    on Jan 12, 2020

    I agree with Mogie, buy one of these before you try dumping chemicals down the drain that might not work.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Jan 12, 2020

    Hello. 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 bathroom sink and shower drains.

  • Chris
    on Jan 13, 2020

    Ordered the plastic drain cleaners and will give the baking soda and vinegar a try! Thanks for your help!

  • Betsy
    on Jan 13, 2020

    Hi Chris: 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. The Dollar Tree has these sometimes.

    Then, You will need this:

    A small box of baking soda

    1/2 cup or so of vinegar

    1 quart of really hot 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 most of the hot water down the drain.
    10. This should take care of the clog. You may have to do it twice, but usually not.
    11. Use the rest of the hot water to make a cup of tea to congratulate yourself on a job well done! :)

    Good luck

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