11 Things That Will Help With Your Clogged Drains

11 Things That Will Help With Your Clogged Drains

Updated 39 minutes ago. Posted 2 hours ago

There’s gotta be some gross stuff lurking in those pipes…

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Garbage disposal cleaner that’s not only easy to use, but also very entertaining.


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Here’s what you do: Run some hot water, pop one of the packets in your disposer, let it foam, then wait for the foam to fully disappear. Garbage disposer = clean and ickiness-free.

Promising review: “WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE???! Holy cow, I didn’t realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal until I bought this product! Typically, I’d just use vinegar and baking soda down the drain and call it good. I didn’t know that there was an actual disposal cleaning product available until I stumbled across it through a BuzzFeed article. I had to try it. The instructions are very simple. It literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILA! you have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Any time I got a whiff of an odor, all I did was drop one of these packs in the disposal and the smell was GONE! Plus, the blue foam bubbling in the sink was amusing to watch. Worth every penny!!” —VadersGirl

Get two packs of four from Amazon for $9.84.

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A bendy drain snake so effective, you’ll wonder if you should start a plumbing company that specializes in clogged drains.


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Promising review: “These are the best cheap snakes out there. I’ve tried several different kinds of the plastic snakes and this one works the absolute best. It will pull all kinds of nastiness (seriously, humans have so much hair and other crap that comes out of and off of our bodies and goes down the drain) out of your pipes and will let the water drain again. Not for those with sensitive stomachs.” —Lillian

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

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Big enzyme pacs that fight through grease, fats, oils, paper, and organic matter to keep your sewer line clear. It’s basically like flushing a tiny plumber down your toilet once a month.


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Promising review: “Before you splurge on a plumber or septic company, you HAVE TO TRY THESE. We bought our home in November and in March our toilets starting ‘gurgling’ and losing water when the washing machine would drain. Over the next few weeks, they gurgled more and more — when the dishwasher drained or we took a shower. I did a lot of research and none of the potential problems were going to be cheap to fix. Everything I read required having professionals come diagnose and repair our plumbing issue. I bought these and prayed for the best. I was SHOCKED. After one month, the toilets hardly made any more gurgling noises or lost water. After using these for three months now, the problem has 100% disappeared. I can’t imagine the $ we saved by simply adding enzymes to our septic tank! 🙂 Added bonus: Our 8-year-old enjoys flushing the packet down the toilet each month, LOL.” —Jamie Smith

Get six pacs from Amazon for $11.96.

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A TubShroom so you can stop wasting so much money on plumber bills. Just catch the hair before it goes down — genius!


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See BuzzFeed’s full review of the Tubshroom.

Promising review: “AMAZING! A must have for families with long shedding hair!! Doesn’t fit snug in my tub drain but fits well enough. Once a month I used to have to use chemicals to de-clog our shower drain because of the amount of hair coming from my long hair and my teenage daughters. It was a real pain in the butt, a constant added expense, and made the tub constantly feel and look dirty. I bought this hoping it would catch the hair as advertised, causing the drain to not clog. This tiny little device is a true miracle!!! We’ve been using it for almost three months now and I have yet to need to use chemicals as we have ZERO clogs!! I do have to remove the plug every day to remove the hair that has collected otherwise the tub will not drain. Cleaning the plug is a nasty job as you can imagine. The only true negative that I have found is that the inside of the plug is hard to clean. About once a week I have to go in with a pipe cleaner or bottle brush to clean and sanitize the inside of the plug cylinder.” —SB6907

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors).

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Or if you have a pop-up drain, consider a drain protector that’ll also keep hair and debris from going where it doesn’t belong.


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Promising review: “This has been my saving grace!! No longer do I have to routinely pull 3-foot-long strands of old goopy hair up out of my drain. Catches everything. Must have for pop-up drains!! I’ve updated my review to include a pic of all the hair from my German Shepherd that did NOT go down the drain after her bath thanks to this product!!” —Chels

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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A barbed drain snake able to grab hold of all the gross gunk and hair building up in your drain and yank it out. Keep a barf bag nearby when using this, just in case.


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Promising review: “I bought this after reading the reviews and thought it couldn’t possibly be. My shower has been gathering water for about a week… literally one swipe, and this came out. I will buy these forever now. I hate using Drano and chemicals. This thing, simple as it may be, will save a ton of money!!!” —Candi

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

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A flexible rubber dredge pipe that’s pretty much a drill for your toilet. But instead of drilling for oil, you are drilling for a flushable toilet. Which is more valuable, I dare ask?


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Promising review: “It works!! I have tried so many different types of plungers to get our oval shaped toilet unclogged. Before calling the plumber who will charge you at least $80, try this $13 product first. No splashing no mess. I’m so glad I found this oddly shaped plunger.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

8.

Bio-Flow drain sticks meant to be used once a month to clean and deodorize. These concentrated strips will break down grease, fat, oil, and scum with no problem at all.


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Promising review: “These are great sticks! They keep odors out of kitchen sinks way better than the little balls many use, and they last longer than vinegar. Great in the bathrooms too. I have to add that the little tube these came in was super cute and easier to use.” —aurora

Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

9.

A big ole’ jar of Bio-Clean made with a combination of natural bacteria and enzymes that chow down on the dead organic waste lurking in your plumbing. Think of your clogged drains as a really gross smorgasbord.


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This is a 2-pound jar so it’s good for up to 100 treatments.

Promising review: “I just purchased this product and have treated my drains for the first five days (as directed). I cannot say that my pipes are cleaner because, naturally, I cannot see into them. They were working fine, but I bought Bio-Clean because it was recommended as a maintenance product for my pipes. But here’s what I CAN offer: I experimented by putting the same amount of organic matter in two glasses of warm water (corn flakes, oatmeal, cottage cheese, oil) and treating one glass with Bio-Clean. I stirred the contents and left the glasses untouched overnight. See the results for yourself. The right-hand side is the treated glass with Bio-Clean.” —Fire Horse

Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

10.

A Jacuzzi jet cleaner to help deal with all the grime you can’t even see hiding inside the pipes.


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Run a bath, add the jet cleaner, wait for all the grime to eject from your jets, and then wipe down the tub.

Promising review: “It’s disgusting to see what comes out of your jets when you use this product. I can’t believe we bathed in this! I’ve run bleach and dish detergent through my jets before, and that combination never cleaned with this efficiency. I highly recommended this product.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

11.

Drano Max Gel — a thicker solution than the usual Drano, meaning it can dissolve clogs in tubs, showers, and sinks even faster.


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Promising review: “I just got this product yesterday when I was having a problem with my bathroom sink drain being slow. I poured the Drano into my bathroom sink and tub, and let it set for 30 minutes. Then I flushed it with really hot water. The bathroom sink is no longer having problems with the drain being slow and the shower is just as amazing as it was when we first moved in.” —Paula Hill

Get it from Amazon for $6.43.

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