I live in a house with VERY temperamental pipes! Over the years we have had 3 floods in the basement and numerous backed-up sinks, showers and tubs…all due to clogs! That’s a lot of time, money and consternation! Needless to say clogged drains cause me a great deal of fear and loathing! That’s why whenever I run across a way to DEAL with them I am compelled to read about it, try it, and SHARE it! :-)
I was actually surprised to realize just how much sharing I’ve already done about clogged drains in the past on this blog. A quick search revealed FIVE home remedies I’ve already written about (click on the link to read the whole post):
Empty one-half cup baking soda down the drain, followed by one-half cup white vinegar. Cover the drain and let mixture stand for a few minutes. Then pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. The baking soda and vinegar dissolve fatty acids, allowing the clog to wash down the drain.
Unclog drains with 1/2 cup of borax followed by 2 cups of boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then run your water for a few minutes to flush it out.
A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.
Drop four Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar and allow to stand for about ten minutes. Flush with a pot of boiling water. This also works to deodorize the drain.
Fill a bucket with hot water. Pour the hot water down the toilet and the clog should be fixed in no time. The heat melts the fats in the “clog” & makes it all more flushable.
All of these I have personally tried and have saved me countless plumber service calls! Not to mention they are inexpensive and non-toxic – unlike traditional drain cleaners that are EXTREMELY toxic!
But even though all these drain clog remedies are great…..wouldn’t it be BETTER to avoid clogs in the first place? I sure think so! That’s why I was so in AWE when I came across a product recently at a blogging conference called the DrainWig! Now, don’t let the name put you off! Sounds pretty unappealing at first, but when you find out what it does….you will see its’ true beauty! :-)
Basically, what the DrainWig does is it sits in the drain of your tub or shower and acts as a sentry that will not allow any hair to pass! It’s like having a tiny Buckingham Palace Guard with a funny hat protecting your home! :-)
OK. That might be a tad over-stated (and over-simplified.) So for those of you who like to know how things actually WORK (like me!) here’s a handy little diagram!
The DrainWig is a plastic flower cap attached to a stainless steel ball-chain fitted with rubber whiskers. All you do is feed the chain through the shower drain (the flower lies flush on top of the drain cover) and as hair goes down the drain the DrainWig catches it! There is apparently something quite tantalizingly about that dangling chain that hair is helplessly drawn to! Instead of sticking to the sides of the drainpipe and building up until nothing can get through, the hair clings to the stainless steel beads and remains on the chain.
Pretty great huh??? And I haven’t even gotten to THE BEST PART!
If the idea of pulling out (ie. touching) a greasy, gooey, sticky, stinky, rat-like, gob of hair gives you the heebie-jeebies (like me!)….NEVER FEAR! You can easily remove the DrainWig without touching the hair or even removing the drain cover. Just pull on the plastic flower cap and the hair “wig” will easily slide out of the drain. Simply throw it away and replace it with a new DrainWig! BRILLIANT!
I cannot tell you how much we love our DrainWigs! As the person in the house who by far has the most hair going down the drain…I now don’t have to worry about MY hair being the culprit of costly floods or service calls!
You can purchase a two-pack of DrainWigs from drainwig.com for $12.98 (the price goes down for more frequent buyers) and for a limited time you can use the coupon code OGT to get 10% off your order! You can also order through Amazon.com.
That’s less than $7 for 2 to 5 months worth of drain clog peace of mind — something I personally think you can’t even PUT a price tag on! :-)
This is a “sponsored post.” Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.