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A DIY Guide for Unblocking Bathtub Drains


Taking a bath everyday provides us a good feeling of satisfaction. It helps us soothe our skin, wash away dirt and most importantly maintains good hygiene preventing certain diseases from entering our body. Every time you take a shower, it is inevitable for your hair not to go down your shower drains. Your hair and the soap scum are one of the factors contributing to your clogged shower drains.

Rather than wasting your money for calling a plumber to fix your clogged shower drains, try to follow some basic do it yourself methods to unclog your drains by yourself. Read thoroughly all the methods we have for you and then you can select which method you prefer. You can use a combination of two or three methods to effectively unclog your shower drains. Do not back down if the first attempt is not successful.

Method One: Utilising Baking Soda

Tools needed:

  • Screw Driver
  • 1 jug hot water
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup baking soda


    1. Get the screw driver and unscrew the strainer and slowly rotate and lift the stopper to have it completely detached. Remove and throw away any hair and solid soap residue that built up in the drain.

    2. Boil at least 1 jug of water. Pour in slowly the hot water into the drain. This might unclog immediately your drain. So you can try to turn on the water in your shower and observe if it is already working perfectly.

    Take Note: Be extra careful when you are pouring the hot water, as it can hurt and burn your skin.

    3. If the clog is still there, pour in ½ cup of baking soda and then ½ cup of vinegar directly into the drain. Let it the chemicals do their job and wait for 15-20 minutes.

    4. Pour in again the hot water into the drain. The hot water will then have a chemical reaction with the baking soda and vinegar resulting in melting any substance causing the clog.

    5. Slowly turn on the shower and observe if the drain is working perfectly.

Method Two: Washing the strainers

Tools needed:

  • Screw Driver (appropriate for the size of the strainers)


    1. Get the screw driver and slowly unscrew the strainer and make sure you keep the screws in secure area while you are cleaning the strainer.

    2. Once you remove the strainer, clean the particles that are surrounding it. Hairs or soap scum are usually found in the strainer and the main contributors of clog.

    3. Reinstall the strainer by putting back the screws surrounding the location of the strainer. If you have notice any crack or leak in the strainer, replace them right away to avoid leakage in your drain.

    4. Turn on the water and observe if the drain is properly working.

There is no harm in trying to fix your clogged drains by yourself but make sure that if all the options did not work, it is best to call for a plumber. Do not forget to advise the plumber on the methods that you have performed to restore your clogged drain so that they can take appropriate preventive measures.