How to Unclog Hair in the Drain


Hair buildup can clog the drains of your sink and bathtub, making for awkward experiences when showering or using the bathroom sink. While it's tempting to go out and buy expensive chemicals to rid your plumbing of clogs, there are several methods of unclogging hair from the drain that makes use of products you already have at home. These methods can be combined to unclog a hair-plugged drain without the need for expensive chemicals or a plumber.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver Plunger Plumber's snake (auger) Hand towel Baking soda White vinegar

Baking Soda and Vinegar

  • Clear away any hair, soap or debris blocking the drain.

  • Pour a half cup of baking soda down the drain.

  • Pour 1/2 cup to 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain and quickly cover it using a hand towel or the drain stopper.

  • Wait several minutes or until the mixture stops foaming before you remove the towel or drain stopper.

  • Rinse the drain thoroughly with hot water. Repeat as many times as necessary.

Plumber's Auger and Plunger

  • Clear away any hair, soap or debris blocking the drain.

  • Unscrew and remove the drain cover.

  • Slide a plumber's snake down the drain and push or pull the obstruction to clear it from the pipes.

  • Fill the sink or tub basin with enough water to cover the head of the plunger.

  • Cover the drain with the head of the plunger and thrust repeatedly until the drain is unclogged. Replace the drain cover when finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a standard plunger without a flange when unclogging your sink with a plunger. Lay out towels when plunging your sink or bathtub to catch any water that splashes while you unclog the drain.

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