As a homeowner, you will face many challenges that require cleaning and repairs. From a broken window or stained carpet to a clogged toilet, it is easy to see the various challenges of home ownership. Unfortunately, you may be using toxic chemicals, cleaning agents, and expensive professionals to correct these issues. If you are one of the many homeowners who are currently dealing with hair buildup in your shower drain, consider these natural solutions for efficient and safe clog removal.

Hanger

If you are like most homeowners, there is a large number of wire hangers in the closets of your house. While surprising to hear, using one of these wire hangers to remove the hair from your shower's drain is effective in most cases.

Pull and stretch the wire hanger to create a long, thin wire. Straighten the hanger out as much as possible, but leave the hanger's hook at the top. Push the hooked end down into your drain to catch clumps of hair. Then, pull the hanger out slowly. If you are unable to catch and remove the clumps of hair, a liquid solution to drain and dissolve the clog is best.

Baking Soda and Salt

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is one of the most important ingredients to have in your natural cleaning arsenal. The powdery substance is gentle, but creates an intense carbonation when it makes contact with moisture. Use this baking soda and salt solution to dissolve the soapy, hairy clump from your shower's drain.

Combine 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup salt into a bowl. Pour the bowl directly into your shower drain. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes before pouring a pot of boiling water into the drain. The chemical reaction of the baking soda, salt, and boiling water will quickly dissolve the clog from your drain.

Vinegar

A mixture of baking soda and white vinegar will also remove the soapy, hairy residue from your shower drain. Considering vinegar contains 5 percent acetic acids, it is also antibacterial and antiviral. Not only will the solution dissolve stubborn clogs, but it will also kill bacteria and viruses inside the drain.

Combine 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup white vinegar in a bucket. As the ingredients immediately begin to fizz and bubble, pour it directly into your shower drain. Allow the solution to remove soap scum, dirt, debris, and hair from your drain. Then, rinse the drain with a pot of boiling water.

There are many liquid drain cleaners in stores, but they most likely contain chemicals that are too harsh for your health and plumbing system. Using these natural options, you can remove the clogs of hair from your shower drain in a safe, effective manner. For more information, contact a plumber like Four Elements Plumbing.

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