Bathroom Basics: How to Unclog a Drain

Bathroom sink and shower drains inevitably get stopped up or clogged if we neglect to them out on a regular basis. Unfortunately, most of us ignore them until there’s a problem. Often caused by gooey balls of hair that adhere to the inside of the drain and cause blockages, they aren’t always easy to wash away. But if you follow these simple and effective tips, you won’t have to waste money on a plumber.

The most important piece of advice we can give you is to deal with a partially obstructed drain before it becomes completely clogged…and it will! So, if your drains is emptying slowly, do not delay. Better yet, add drain cleaning to your regular bathroom cleaning ritual

What works?

For a partially or fully obstructed drain, drop a couple of tablets of Alka-Seltzer into the opening and follow it with a few cups of vinegar. The effervescent combination should loosen minor clogs enough to wash them down the drain with hot water.

Another helpful home remedy for stopped-up drains is baking soda. When mixed with salt and left to sit overnight, baking soda can open clogged drains. Simply pour a few cups of boiling water down the drain in the morning to unblock it