Drain cloggage happens to everybody. Hair and debris go down the drain all the time. Ultimately, you could be creating a backup of gunk in your pipes, preventing your shower or sink from draining properly. These steps will help you figure out how to fix that drain, often with items you might already have sitting around the house.
1. Use a wire hanger to grab the gunk
Take a regular wire hanger and straighten it out. Bend one end so that you have created a hook. Using this hook end, use the hanger to reach down and grab all the hair and debris that has gone down the drain. Make sure not to push the nasties down further though! Run some hot water to test it out when you are done. If you have a drain snake, you can use this instead for similar results.
2. Mix vinegar and baking soda
In a measuring cup, add about equal parts baking soda and vinegar. Your cup should measure in at about 2/3 full. Be aware that as soon as you combine the ingredients, they will begin to fizz up. Quickly pour the ingredients, mixed, down the drain you are having problems with. The fizzing should remove a lot of the grime in your pipes. You may need to allow the liquid to sit for several hours to see results. Afterward, flush the sink with hot water.
3. Pour boiling water down the drain
Boil water by any means possible, either with a microwave, stovetop, or kettle, and simply pour it down the drain. Just make sure that you do not dump it all down the drain at once. Pour it down the drain in three separate stages, allowing the liquid to work its magic for a few seconds in between.
4. Pour dish detergent into a clogged toilet
Sometimes it is not the sink or shower that is drained but rather the toilet. If this is the case for you, pour about one-quarter of a cup of dish soap into your toilet bowl followed by a few cups of boiled water. Slowly pour the water into the bowl and grab your plunger to apply some pressure to the clogging substance.
5. Call a plumber
Finally, do not be afraid to call a plumber. These remedies are often not enough to solve the problem. You do not want to cause damage to your pipes. Make sure to call a professional when the time is right.