The Easiest Way To Unclog Your Bathroom Drain
The Easiest Way To Unclog Your Bathroom Drain

The Easiest Way To Unclog Your Bathroom Drain (Without Calling A Plumber)

Clear a sink or bathtub like the pros.


Pre-empt the problem

The best defense against clogs is to prevent them before they happen. Keep hair, soap, and other debris out by placing a strainer over drains and rinsing it weekly. And remember to remove the pop-up stoppers in your sink and tub once a week and rinse clean.


Tweeze, plunge, snake

If the water flow is truly clogged, remove the stopper to see if something is blocking the drain.
If you can’t remove the blockage with tweezers, grab a plunger or craft a DIY plumber’s snake from a coat hanger.

Plumber’s Snake

Clean your trap

The elbow-shaped pipe, or trap, underneath your sink prevents odors from seeping into your kitchen or bathroom. It can also collect a lot of debris. To clean it, place a bucket underneath the pipe to collect water, then unscrew the slip nuts on each side of the trap (or simply remove the clean-out plug if you have one). Let water drain into the bucket.

How to Remove and Clean Your Sink Trap

Next, use a bent pipe cleaner to scrub the section of the pipe beyond the trap.

How to Remove and Clean Your Sink Trap

When you’re finished, reattach the trap and run some hot water through the sink to clear out any remaining grime.

How to Remove and Clean Your Sink Trap

Rely on good products

If you still have a clog after draining, snaking, and tweezing, you might need some help from a drain-clearing product. Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover is the best for cutting through clogs causing standing water. It clings to the clog longer and cuts through hair and soap scum within minutes. Just remember to do your plunging first to avoid splash back from the drain.