Who doesn’t look forward to a piping hot shower at the end of a long day?

Lathering up and washing away the daily grime can sometimes feel like a mini home spa treatment when you have all your favourite products to hand.

But what’s worse than staring down at your feet and realising the frothy water isn’t running away and your drain is clogged?

Well don’t despair. There are a few ways you can prevent future clogging and having to put up with ankle deep, soapy feet:

1. Use a drain cover

When it comes to drains, hair is the worst enemy. A simple and inexpensive solution is to buy a shower drain cover. They come in various styles, from silicone to stainless steel, and catch the hair and let the water drain away. Just be sure to scrape away the scum on a regular basis.

2. Avoid oil and grease

One of the worse culprits for clogged drains is grease (which comes from animal fats and vegetable oils) which can build up over time, block pipes and lead to expensive plumbing repairs. So much as you love soaking up that scented body oil and rinsing it off in the shower, it may be worth saving it for after you’ve towel dried, letting it soak in, and then wiping off the residue with paper towels.

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3. Let it flow

A handy tip is to keep the shower running for a few extra minutes after you’ve stepped out of it. Turn the heat right up and the power on full force so the drain gets a really good flush and stops any build up.

4. Vinegar gets our vote

Always keep a bottle of vinegar in the bathroom. Along with its many uses around the house, vinegar is a cheap way to keep your drains clear. Simply pour half a bottle of white vinegar down the drain every 3 months and it should do the trick. The secret is to let it sit for 10 minutes (the acid will remove any clogs that are forming) and then flush with hot water.

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5. Benefits of baking soda

Can’t stand the smell of vinegar or the thought of it near your shower enclosure? Then try baking powder which is a brilliant cleaning product. Toss a handful of baking soda down the drain and follow it with hot water. As well as absorbing any nasty or stale odours, it will keep the drains clear.

6. Give it your best shot

If for some reason none of the above work and you do have a clogged drain, then One Shot Liquid Drain Cleaner is your friend. It works instantly to provide desired results without the need for mechanical tools (in most cases).

Do you have any top tips for clearing drains? Tell us about them in the comments box below