Loose hair in a drain combined with soap scum can create a nasty hairball that slows or plugs the drain. To remove hair from a drain using a commercial drain cleaner means exposing yourself and your family to strong, dangerous and poisonous chemicals such as sulfuric acid and lye. An alternative, and safer solution, is to use natural methods to remove hair from a drain.
Boiling Water Method
Boil a gallon of water and pour into the bucket.
Pour one-third of the boiling water slowly into the drain. Wait a few minutes and pour another one-third of the water into the drain. Wait a few minutes and pour the remainder of the water into the drain.
Repeat this process every 10 days to keep drains free of hair.
Inspect the plunger to ensure its suction cup will cover the drain hole.
Apply petroleum jelly to the rim of the plunger. This will create a tight seal between the suction cup and drain hole.
Place a rag in the sink overflow hole to block and create a vacuum.
Place the plunger suction cup over the drain and push down hard 15 to 20 times.
Turn the faucet on and test the drain. Repeat if necessary.
Baking Soda/Vinegar Solution
Sprinkle baking soda into the drain.
Pour the vinegar into the drain. You will hear a hissing sound and see bubbles form as the vinegar reacts with the baking soda.
Wait 15 to 20 minutes for the solution to work, then turn the faucet on and flush the drain with very hot water.
Repeat if necessary. When you finish, pour lemon juice into the drain to eliminate any unpleasant odors.
Based in Green Bay, Wisc., Jackie Lohrey has been writing professionally since 2009. In addition to writing web content and training manuals for small business clients and nonprofit organizations, including ERA Realtors and the Bay Area Humane Society, Lohrey also works as a finance data analyst for a global business outsourcing company.