Hair strands and soap particles can clog your bathroom by preventing water from flowing freely into the drain. It’s a good idea to invest in a sink filter to avoid this problem. But if you are already faced with the problem of clogged drains, here’s what you need to do.
Wear protective gloves to avoid direct contact with dirty water. Use the cleaning tips below to unclog the drain effortlessly.
1) Chemical Drain Cleaners
Buy a commercially available drain cleaner to unclog your drain instantly. These cleaners contain active ingredients that eat into the sludge blocking your drain and facilitate an easy flow of water. Be cautious while handling such harsh chemicals. Once the drain has been freed of obstructions, wipe the bathroom floor with an effective floor cleaning agent to kill germs. After cleaning, disinfect with a disinfecting agent. You can clean and disinfect the floor using a suitable disinfectant floor cleaner, like a sodium-hypochlorite based product such as Domex Floor Cleaner which kills germs. Follow instructions on the pack for usage and compatible surfaces and always test on an inconspicuous area first. It is easily available in the market.
2) Use Baking Soda and Vinegar
Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda powder into the clogged, dry sink. Let the powder seep inside. Pour 2 cups of hot water and wait for 5 minutes. Add another cup of baking soda and follow it up immediately with 1 cup of vinegar. Let the baking soda and vinegar react for 5 minutes. Now, pour 2 cups of hot water into the drain. This should clear the obstruction and allow for the free flow of water down the drain.
3) Use a Hanger
You can also manually clear the blockage from your drain. Grab an old metal hanger. Straighten it and bend one end of the hanger to form a hook. Use this hook to remove hair strands and sludge from your drain. Clean the hanger afterwards. For more information, check out the best ways to unclog drains in your bathroom.
4) Baking Soda and Salt
Baking soda is a mild alkali and helps lifting grime and stains effectively, and salt helps breaking stains or any dirty residue. When mixed together, these 2 ingredients can work wonders to unclog the drain. Mix 2 tbsp. of baking soda and 2 tbsp. of salt and drop the mixture directly into the drain. Now pour 5-6 cups of hot water. This should clear the drain.
5) Wet and Dry Vacuum
Set your vacuum on the highest liquid setting to clear the blockage. Remember to create a seal for the hose to effectively clear the blockage. You can use the cap of a soda bottle for this. Pulse the power on and off to get the blockage moving. Check the product manual to understand the correct way of using a wet and dry vacuum for this. In some cases, the blockage comes out completely into the vacuum, whereas sometimes you need to take it out manually.
Pour 1 cup of hot water down the drain. Drop the plunger into the drain and pull it up and down with force for about 30 seconds. Hot water should help loosen the blockage and the plunger should help move it. Remove the plunger and clear the blockage manually. You may need to repeat this once again if the clog persists.
Bathroom cleaning may seem like an exhausting and messy job. However, if you maintain a regular cleaning schedule, you won’t have to deal with clogged bathrooms anymore and you can keep it clean and smelling fresh!