I never look inside my drain before cleaning it. I can only imagine the horror of what’s under the strainer grate.
The cleaning process is three simple steps using three main ingredients – plus water.
I go further with a fourth step for our shower drain, but that’s not necessary for most drains.
Step 1: Mix the salt and baking soda (recipe quantities below) in a small bowl.
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup salt
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 1 quart boiling water
- Mix the baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Pour into drain.
- Pour vinegar over soda mixture in the drain.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat water to boiling. After 15-minute resting time, pour boiling water into drain. Follow with tap water running into drain for one minute.
Step 2: Pour into the drain, followed by the vinegar.
The bubbling action lets you know it’s working. Let it sit for fifteen minutes.
Step 3: Bring water to a boil and pour into the drain after the 15 minutes have passed. Run tap water into drain for one minute.
For most drains, that’s all there is to it.
Our shower drain has large holes and allows all the hair to go through, and all the gunk builds up over time. It’s the only drain in our house that requires this final step. This might gross you out. You have been warned!
Remove the grate (with a hand screw driver). After the 3-step process, the hair and grime are stuck to the sides of the drain close to the opening. It’s easy at this point to scrape the screw driver against the drain sides and scoop the gore out!
Ha! Isn’t this the perfect post for Halloween?
Rather than a bag of goodies, you end up with a bag of yucky muck and hair to throw away! Did you just shiver? I did, too!
Now’s a great time to run a cleaning brush around the drain sides, the grate and bracket on the shower floor.
While the process itself is gross, I feel cleaner all over after the drain is clean and gore-free.
OK. Come clean. Did you shiver or curl your nose? Don’t you think it’s worth it to do this before there’s a major blockage?