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How to Unclog a Clogged Bathtub


There is nothing more annoying like coming home all tired and the only thing you need is nice warm bath. You undress, throw the cloths on the floor and then you realise the bathtub is clogged!

Fortunately, I will show you five methods you can use to unclog your bathtub. No need of standing there naked all confused and wondering what to do next.

Tip: Stop panicking and wear your bathrobe.

Remove the stopper and clean it. Boil water and pour it into the drain.

Mix a quarter cup of baking soda with 1 cup of vinegar and pour down the drain.

Wait for at least 15 minutes and then add more boiling water so as to drain and unclog your tub.

If this doesn’t work don’t worry, below are five ways that will unclog your bathtub.

The Drain Claw Method

Procedure 1

Remove the strainers

If your strainer is screwed, find a suitable screw and unscrew it

If your bath tub has a stopper instead of a strainer, remove it too

Clean the strainer or the stopper

Make sure you clean it thoroughly

Insert a drain stick down the drain until it hits a drain trap

Continue pushing the drain stick through as it clears any blockage

Pull the drain stick out.

Check to ensure it is unclogged. If this does not work try a different method

Replace cover carefully if it has unclogged

Use of Chemical Drain Cleaners


Buy a chemical drain cleaner that is best suitable for your system

Carefully ready the manufactures instructions at the back of the package

Remove any water in the Bathtub. Use a bucket if applicable

While wearing protective clothing pour the cleaner into the bathtub drain

Wipe out any spills that might occur immediately

Wait for about 25 minutes and pour cold water into the drain

If it is still not working, contact a professional plumber


To prevent injury always use protective clothing when dealing with chemicals.

Use only the recommended levels by the manufacturer so as not to damage your tub.

The Baking Powder Technique

Procedure 3

Remove strainer and clean it

Boil water and pour it into the drain

Pour a quarter cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into the drain

Allow the soda and vinegar to settle for 15 minutes

Add boiling water to react with the soda and vinegar

If it does not unclog try a different method

Use of a Toilet Plunger

Procedure 4

Remove the strainer and clean it thoroughly

Fill the tub with a few inches of water till it submerges the plunger

Suction out any obstruction in the drain


If you plunge more than ten times and no dirty water or obstructions then try another method.

Cleaning the Strainers and Stoppers

Remove the strainers using a screw

Clean the gunk and strainer using a scrub

Once clean replace the cover the same way you removed it

Test to see if the drainage is working

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