How To Remove Hair From a Drain

Aug 3, 2021

If any members of your family have long and thick hair, you are probably only too familiar with the trouble that this can cause to your drains. Hair can quickly begin to clog up your drains, which in turn can lead to other more serious issues for your plumbing. Today we’re going to share with you some simple solutions to help remove hair from a drain. Of course, if you do find the issue to be more serious and it can’t be resolved with one of these remedies, reach out to local plumbers, who will be more than happy to assist you with the issue.

1. Baking Soda

To unclog drain hair without chemicals, we highly recommend you try out this baking soda solution. Baking soda is a natural solution that will dissolve the mineral deposits within your drain. Most people have this in their kitchen cupboard, and so you’ll be able to unclog your drain within minutes. When hair is left for too long in your drain, it can begin to cause a horrible odour, and bacteria can start to grow. To use this method, you’ll combine baking soda, hot water, and white vinegar. You’ll need one cup of baking soda, which you’ll start by pouring down the drain. Following that, one cup of white vinegar should be poured over the drain immediately. You’ll see the two substances combine and start to fizz. Leave them to work their magic for about five minutes, and once the fizzing stops, flush away the materials with hot water. You can repeat this process as many times as you like until your drain is completely cleared. If you find your drains are particularly stuck, you’ll want to add half a cup of salt to the mixture and leave it to work overnight. This method can be used as much as needed, and you’ll find it won’t damage your pipes at all. It’s also a low-cost and eco-friendly solution, which is something we’re all looking for today.

2. Use Simple Household Tools 

If you have some basic plumbing tools around your home, these can be used to remove hair from the drain. A snake or wire hanger is one of the best tools for getting a mass of hair out of your drain, but a plunger is usually the first tool you’ll want to use. You can get a plunger specifically for your sinks, as opposed to using the same one as your toilets. If that doesn’t work, we recommend moving on to a snake or wire hanger. A coat hanger can be used to catch anything in the drain and break down the clog. A wire coat hanger is something we all have in our homes. You’ll want to pull it apart and then push it down your drain with some force to attack the clog. A snake is a cutting tool that can be used to break up hair that’s trapped in your drain. If you find you are constantly tackling clogged drains, this is one of the best tools you could purchase for your home. You can purchase a manual or mechanical snake, which has blades that can cut through even the thickest of hair.

3. Washing Up Liquid

Basic dish soap can be paired with warm water to break through a hair clogged drain without calling local plumbing companies. This is ideal for drains that are quite greasy. Start by putting a good squirt of the soap down your drain, and then follow this up with a full kettle’s worth of boiling water. You can use this as a method to prevent future clogs, and it will stop you from having to call local plumbers too often. This solution can be used once a week to unclog your drains from hair or dirt.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide

Finally, if you need something stronger to tackle your drain issues, hydrogen peroxide can be mixed with a tablespoon of baking powder. You’ll pour this solution down your drain and then let it foam up and do its job. This helps to break down any materials that are clogging up your drain. Make sure you protect your hands when using this method by wearing rubber gloves. Any of these methods can help to dissolve hair in a drain and stop clogged drains from causing horrible smells and bacteria build-ups in your home. Try to keep on top of the build-up of hair in your drains, as the sooner it’s tackled, the less likely you’ll need more serious plumbing solutions. Of course, if you do find you can’t tackle the hair that’s clogging up your drains, we recommend calling a local plumber to come and take a look at the problem. They’ll be able to remove the hair with their professional tools and advise you on how to deal with this issue in the future. 

Reference video: DiscoveringNatural