How can I unclog my bath tub drain?


We have a septic, so it has to be something that won't affect that. Does anyone have an easy home remedy to unclog a bathtub drain?

  9 answers
  • LMN LMN on Dec 21, 2018

    Vinegar and baking soda. Clean out as much hair/gunk as you can, pour baking soda down and around drain, pour vinegar and let it fizz till it stops. Rinse with hot water. Using a toilet plunger gently will move anything stubborn.

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    • Trishaann42 Trishaann42 on Dec 22, 2018

      Been using the two together with great results for years and no chemistry needed..nice clear drain every time..

  • Trishaann42 Trishaann42 on Dec 21, 2018

    Baking soda and vinegar are the best.then lemon juice to freshen.I use all the above for shower,bathroom sink and kitchen.After mixture does it's magic for about 15 min,run hot water for minute followed by lemon juice.

    • Pallet Man Pallet Man on Dec 22, 2018

      Vinegar and baking soda will not work. The baking soda is neutralized by the vinegar. Use either the vinegar or the baking soda. NOT BOTH. Anybody who took high school chemistry will confirm this.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 21, 2018

    Hi lanie,

    The first thing to do us take out the stopper, whether it is the screw in kind or rubber, then look into the drain for anything that might be clogging it or blocking it. If you can see anything such as hair, manually remove it. Then retry to have water flow through again. If still clogged you could try baking soda (about 1/2 cup) into the opened drain hole, add white vinegar , when the fizzing stops, flush with hot water.

    I would imagine you have tried a plunger as a first resort.

    As a last thing, try a snake, if no luck, call in a plumber.

    BeSt to you.

    • Pallet Man Pallet Man on Dec 22, 2018

      The start with disassembling the drain is great. BUT. Vinegar and baking soda will not work. The baking soda is neutralized by the vinegar. Use either the vinegar or the baking soda. NOT BOTH. Anybody who took high school chemistry will confirm this.

      The flushing with hot water is good.

      Bend a hook in a clothes hanger wire and fish out the glob of hair.

  • Gk Gk on Dec 21, 2018

    To open up a slow flowing drain try pouring one cup of powdered sodium borate ( Borax) into the drain. Follow this with four cups of boiling water. Let that stand for 25 minutes and then flush the drain with cool clear water.

    For general drain cleaning, use four tablespoons of washing soda dissolved into two quarts of hot water. Pour this slowly down into the drain and let sit for 15 minutes. Follow with a hot water rinse.

  • Pat Pat on Dec 22, 2018

    There is a great little tool that I found works great and is inexpensive. It is a long narrow piece of plastic with little “spikes” on the sides. You put that down the drain and move it around, then pull it out. Prepare to be grossed out! The little spikes grab ahold of the hair that clogging your drain. You will probably have to repeat this process a few times. Once cleared, do this once a month to keep drain from getting clogged in the future. The nice part about this gizmo - no chemicals! The little tool is just a couple of dollars at the big box home improvement stores. I have also seen them at the dollar store! Good luck!

    • Sherry edwards Sherry edwards on Dec 23, 2018

      Yes. It works great and you don"t even have to remove the drain. I got 2 at Wal-Mart for less than $3.00

  • Norma Norma on Dec 22, 2018

    I have also used the plastic hair clog remover tool and highly recommend it. What I thought was a major blockage turned out to be a simple hair ball....large, but just a large hair ball. I then ran hot water down the drain and everything was back to normal. You can also use this tool in the kitchen and bathroom sinks.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Dec 22, 2018

    If you have an open type drain you can use the sprinkle top of a similar size spice jar to catch hair before it gets to the clog stage. Just place in drain and clear after each use.

  • Beth Gold Roccia Beth Gold Roccia on Dec 22, 2018

    I like that idea!

  • Navymomma Navymomma on Dec 23, 2018

    Dawn dishwashing soap works too, followed by hot water. pore dawn down the drain, a fair amount wait for about 30 minutes, followed by boiling hot water.