How can I unclog a bathtub?

  12 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 14, 2020

    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.

  • Blessed Blessed on Jan 14, 2020

    Ok Thanks will do.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jan 14, 2020

    Hello. 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.

    This barbed plastic mechanical drain cleaner below is from the dollar tree.

    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.

    I use this tool on a periodic basis throughout the year to keep my sink and shower drains patent. I hope this helps.

  • Em Em on Jan 14, 2020

    Plunge. If that does not work try Green Gobbler. It soaks up water and pushes the clog along. It is eco friendly. Try the plunger first. Use it properly. Remove drain cap if you can. Get an air bubble inside the cone and try to force it thru the water line. Then do the same creating a suction PULLING the water towards the plunger. Do for several minutes as this may loosen the clog by pushing and pulling the water against the clog. If that doesn't work try the Green Gobbler. I have had good success with it.

  • William William on Jan 14, 2020

    Removing any hair with a plastic barbed drain tool to start. Plunger won't work unless there is water in the tub. The drain design in a tub is a "T". You would just be pushing air. You need some water in the tub to push the clog through with a plunger. If that doesn't work then baking soda and vinegar may work.

  • Most of the time it's as simple as cleaning out your drain. Hair can accumulate and make it clog. My husband uses a small needle nose pliers.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Jan 14, 2020

    Pull the drain off and reach in the pipe. Might be full of hair.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 15, 2020

    Hi Blessed: Give this a go: This looks long and complicated, but it's not. Well, it is long, but not complicated:)

    If stopped up, 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 and twist it. 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. Sometimes the Dollar Tree has these for sale with the cuts in them in the bath area.

    Then, You will need this:

    A small box of baking soda

    1/2 cup vinegar

    1 quart of 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 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

  • Linda Linda on Jan 15, 2020

    Baking soda and binegar

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jan 17, 2020

    Take a long plastic drinking straw and notch it in several places. Lower it into the drain to catch hair on the notches. Remove and replace until the hair clogs are gone. Then pour drain cleaner in to dissolve other types of residue.

  • Linda Linda on Jan 17, 2020

    Here is a Hometalk post on how to unclog a kitchen sink. It most likely work on a bathtub too.