Our shower drain has gotten rather clogged lately. So we’ve been attempting frugal solutions. Partially so that we don’t have to spend money and partially to avoid pouring strong chemicals into it.
Solution #1: (not terribly successful) Pour boiling water down the drain.
It’s worked before for a sink drain. But I guess whatever was in the tub drain was too strong. Since it’s just water, it’s chemically ideal.
Solution #2: Plunging it.
This worked for now. Mr. Micah put more water in the tub to create greater pressure on the blockage. Then he went after it several times with our plunger. I’ve seen that they create smaller drain-plungers which might work better. But this did the trick. We may invest in a little one sometime, I’ve seen them for about $7. Again, no chemicals.
Solution #3: (for the future) Combining baking soda and vinegar. Then run hot water to clean up the foam.
We don’t have any vinegar around right now, but I’m adding it to the shopping list. We could use some anyway. And as we learned in elementary school science class, baking soda and vinegar make lots of fun. But that’s better when the sink/tub has emptied. It won’t actually empty the water (unlike #2). I’ve heard that this can also work with alka seltzer and vinegar.