woman in bathroom holding plunger
woman in bathroom holding plunger

Fight the Gunk Clogging Your Bathroom Drains

Hair, dirt, soap and grime...oh my! They’re constantly clogging your bathroom drains and gunking them up. But where exactly is the gunk? Follow these steps to make finding the gunk—and fighting it—easy!


1. Remove the scum

If water backs up quickly every time the drain is used, the gunk may be close to the drain opening. First, remove the drain stopper and clean it off. Hair and soap scum can accumulate on the stopper and affecting the water flow and causing a hair clog.

Sponge Cleaning Scum from Bathtub Drain

2. Go on a hair hunt

Next, look down the drain for hair. If you see some, use your finger to pull up as much as you can (you might want to wear rubber gloves). You can also use needle-nose pliers or tweezers to help remove hair.

3. Plunge like a pro

Still not draining? Try using a toilet plunger to help unclog the drain. Put enough water in the bathtub or sink to cover the bottom of the plunger, put the plunger over the drain, and push down and up a few times. If necessary, block the overflow outlet with a rag to help with suction.

Using Plunger to Unclog Bathtub Drain

4. Clear that clog

The best way to clear that clog is by pouring Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover straight over the drain (even if there’s standing water). It works by dissolving the remaining hair and gunk—and boom! It works within minutes, and keeps your drain flowing smoothly!

Using Drano Max Gel Clog Remover to Unclog Tub Drain