Decades of Busting Clogs: A Brief History of Drano®
Mar 9, 2011 10:55 AM
Everyone has a passion. Some people love baseball. Others love sailing. And others simply love unclogging drain clogs.
Hey, quit judging. For more than 80 years, the folks at Drano® have been obsessed with unclogging the uncloggable. Drano® was first introduced in its crystal form in 1923 by the Drackett Company. This first Drano® product’s creation can be attributed, in large part, to the installation of indoor plumbing in most American homes after World War I. At the time, indoor plumbing aroused a mixture of relief and apprehension in homemakers. While they no longer had to haul water and sewage to and from their homes, they now feared the specter of sewer gas, clogged drains and backups. Drano® was the first product of its kind to help alleviate this concern.
Drano’s first product, Crystal Drano®, produced a churning action to melt and scrub away dirt, grease and hair. Sallie Drackett devised the Drano name, with the macron above the "a" that ensured there would be no confusion about the product's intended use. Her drawing of a gooseneck pipe with a dotted line representing clear-flowing pipes remained the Drano® symbol throughout much of the brand’s history.
In 1992, S.C. Johnson purchased the Drackett Company and became the new home for the Drano® brand. Drackett introduced Drano® over 85 years ago and today S.C. Johnson continues to uphold their dedication to unclogging even the most challenging clogs.