clean kitchen sink drain with strawberries
clean kitchen sink drain with strawberries

The Top 6 Reasons Your Drain is Clogged

Drain clogs can nearly ruin your day. But with a little know-how, you can take charge and show those clogs who’s boss. Here are the top six enemies of free-flowing drains (and foes of household harmony), and how to defeat them. All by yourself.


1. Hair

If you, or someone in your household, has long hair (or is the lead singer in a metal band), then that’s likely the culprit. Strands of long hair tend to clump up inside drains. The solution? Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover—it works great on hair clogs.

2. Food

Sometimes ordering the one-pound triple cheeseburger seems like a good idea, but then halfway through, your belt snaps due to the immense pressure. The lesson: When you throw leftovers down the drain instead of in the trash, clogs happen.

3. Dirt and debris

Maybe you spent the last two months hiking the Appalachian Trail with only a compass and a knapsack full of jerky. Or maybe you just walked four feet from your front door and planted two petunias. Either way, when it’s shower time, clumps of dirt and debris can clog your drain. Try to clear off some of the gunk before showering to prevent these clogs from occurring.

4. Toilet paper

There are times you need a lot of toilet paper—and perhaps a nutritionist. But too much toilet paper going down the toilet can come back to haunt you. Just be mindful of how much you use and you’ll be fine. And if your toilet happens to clog...well, you got this. Read How To Unclog A Toilet—to find out how.

5. Soap scum

If you stop using soap when you bathe, you won’t have as many clogs. But you also won’t have as many friends. Rather than ditching soap altogether, use liquid shower gel instead of cake soap to help prevent soap scum from building up in your drain.

6. Cooking grease and oil

Grease is sneaky. It presents as a liquid, so you’d think it can go down the drain, but once it’s down there, it starts playing tricks, hardening and sticking to your pipes. That’s where Drano® Professional Strength Crystals Clog Remover comes in! It’s great at melting down grease. Just make sure you don’t use them in a drain with a garbage disposal. If your kitchen drain has a garbage disposal, use Drano® Dual-Force® Foamer Clog Remover—it’s a good idea to simply always keep some on hand!