How can I unclog a bathtub drain?


Unclog drain in tub

  5 answers
  • Janice Janice on Jul 10, 2019

    Hi Ann, I first sprinkle about a 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain, add a cup of vinegar, let sit for 20-30 minutes, then pour a tea kettle full of boiling water. If that doesn't help, here's some more ideas...

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jul 10, 2019

    It’s probably hair in there & I would use one of those plastic hair catcher “sticks” and try to pull out the hair.

    There are hair-eating forms of Drano, but they’re caustic & I’d try to get the hair out mechanically.

  • Annieb Annieb on Jul 10, 2019


  • This should help:

    I'd buy a hair catcher to go over the drain in the future. I had an old apartment drain that would always get clogged from my hair!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 12, 2019

    Do not use a plunger, it will just push the hair and collected gunk around it further down the drain where it will get compacted. Use the tool, I think it is called a zip it, it is really cheap and lasts a long time. It is a long thin piece of plastic with barbs on the two sides. It grabs the hair and lets you pull it out by putting it down the drain as far as you can get it. Once you get out as much as you can, then use the hack Janice gave you the directions for with baking soda, vinegar and followed with a rinse of boiling water. That should get your drain unclogged. I have tried the drain cleaners that are supposed to eat the hair and have never had luck with them at all, but the tool, baking soda, vinegar and boiling water it has done the job every time.