Are you looking for a way to clear your clogged tub drain? One that’s chemical free, super simple and actually works! Check out this trick so obvious you’ll be surprised you missed it.
My tub drain where Kennedy and I shower has been a little slow lately. That’s putting it mildly. By the time our showers would be over, there would be 8 inches of water in the tub and it would take something like 3 hours to drain. We had ourselves a very clogged tub drain. I tried cleaning out the hair from the drain of course, but no luck. I tried baking soda and vinegar, but no luck. I tried sticking a pencil down there to pierce the gunk like I used to do in our old house, but the way this drain is shaped didn’t allow for that.
Oh, and one more thing. I’m really, really deathly terrified of those nasty chemical plumbing liquids that you can get to clear drains. If I used one in just a random sink drain, I would be convinced I was dying from the fumes for the next 6 months. So the tub? Where we take baths? Not a chance.
So I put up with the 8 inches of water for a few more weeks.
Clogged Drain, Tried Everything
I don’t know how or why, but suddenly one day, I think it was at dinner time, I remembered this special little tool we have. You may even have one too. Get this: It’s specifically made for clearing drains. Amazing, right? The only thing is, it’s usually used on a drain of a different kind.
That’s right, a plunger!!
OK, all the smarty pantses out there can just stop laughing now. If it took me this many years to realize this easy solution to my constant tub drain problems, I bet there are quite a few others out there just like me.
It was easy. And it did work. It literally only took me about 2.6 seconds to clear up this little problem. I was so excited that I ran and told Chris about my adventures. Turns out he’s one of those smarty pantses and didn’t understand my pure, unfiltered joy at this moment.
How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain
Anyway, here’s how it works!
Fill your tub with a couple of inches of water. Or just use the water trapped in there after your shower.
Remove any plugs or water stoppers and position the plunger over the drain. Push down, forcing air into the drain and creating suction to loosen the clog.
Drains Like New
Watch your tub drain as quickly as the day it was first installed! Oops. Looks like it’s time to clean those orange water stains again. Well, the tub’s not pretty, but at least we no longer have a clogged tub drain!
That’s really all there is to it! Problem solved! I hope this helps some of my fellow clogged drain sufferers out there. I can’t wait to hear from all you people who have known about this for years and have been holding out on me too!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.