how to feel like a domestic superhero
I had noticed that my shower drain was draining a little more slowly these days and for weeks, I had been stumped as to what to do. With my intense head of curly hair, I seem to shed quite a bit more than the normal person and despite keeping a close eye on my renegade hairs, somehow, I still ended up with a clogged drain.
I flat out refuse to buy the scary, fluorescent blue drain cleaner that contains God-knows-what and pour it into the water source that helps sustain my life and the lives of others around me. So what to do, what to do?
I Googled “homemade drain cleaners,” found a “recipe” and tweaked it a little, and VOLIA, my shower drains like a pro. And all for about 75 cents or less.
So how can you empower yourself and feel like a domestic Wonder Woman (eco-friendly boots and hemp lasso optional)? Eaaaaaaasy peasy.
When you find yourself faced with a clogged drain, there are three common household ingredients you can use to keep the water flowing.
- Clean out any excess hair lodged in the top of the drain (I’ve found tweezers can work well). I know this is kind of gross, but just do it fast and get it over with.
- Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain (make sure to remove any cover on the drain with a screwdriver…it makes me feel even more awesome to use tools).
- Pour white vinegar over the baking soda a little at a time, allowing it to foam and then subside, repeating this process until all the baking soda is dissolved.
- Pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain.
- Repeat the baking soda/vinegar process.
- Rinse through with more hot water (boiling not necessary) and test to make sure the water is draining properly. If not, repeat this process again. If it’s still not draining properly, you might need to call a plumber. (Also, don’t forget to screw back on your drain trap. Using tools is so fun.)
Domestic superhero status: achieved