7 ways to remove hair from a plughole

Is your bathroom plughole taking too long to drain the water? Here are several techniques you can try out to dislodge the clog without the need of a plumber.

Experts estimate that women naturally lose between 50-100 strands of hair per day.

With hair-washing and shaving rituals it’s unsurprising bathroom plugholes are one of the main victims when it comes to human hair.

So here are seven ways to remove hair from your plughole and leave your drains running clear without the expense.

1. Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar

Bicarbonate of soda is a must-have for any household given its versatility - from making cakes rise to cleaning the grungiest areas – so it’s no surprise it can even tackle the formidable hairball.

Simply mix together 1/3 of a cup of baking soda with 1/3 of a cup of vinegar, pouring it down the plughole as soon as it begins to fizz, which will remove any hair and grime.

Leave the solution for one hour or overnight before flushing out with hot water.

2. Tweezers

If you’re able to lift or unscrew your plughole and want fast results, tweezers are the ideal solution. 

Open the plughole and use your tweezers to fish for any unwanted hair around the opening of the drain – it’s that straightforward.

It may seem like the more gruesome approach, but is regarded as the simplest and quickest way.

3. Wire coat hanger

If the hair is too deep in the drain for tweezers, a wire coat hanger will suffice and is particularly effective for dealing with long strands of hair. 

Just straighten out the wire coat hanger, making sure to leave a hook at the end.

Insert the hanger into the drain, hook-end first and make a slight twisting motion around the drain before removing.  

4. Hair removal cream

Possibly one of the more expensive options in comparison but using depilatory cream, also known as hair removal cream, has the same effects on the drain as it does for your legs.

Without breaking the bank empty a whole tube of the cream down the plughole and leave for 30 minutes to an hour, or even overnight.

Thoroughly rinse the drain, the stronger the water force the better, and any hair will have dissolved with the water flushing any remaining cream away.

5. Vacuum cleaner

Perhaps one of the more questionable methods, vacuums are known to work when hair is the only issue and can’t be reached.

Best used when the plughole is open and dry, attach the vacuum nozzle to the top and use the highest setting possible to suck-up the contents. 

6. Plunger

If your plughole has a build-up of grime and soap as well as hair, it may become more difficult to shift.
In this scenario, a plunger can be used to remove the blockage, especially if it’s deeply embedded in the drain.

By moving the plunger up and down, it builds up suction and upon release any hair and grime will either come out with the plunger or shift closer to the opening, making it more accessible to fish out.

7. Commercial cleaning products

If the hair just won’t budge, it’s time to bring out the drain cleaner.

Purposely designed to tackle these situations, there are many products that will quickly dissolve hair and soap scum lurking in your pipes.

Purchasing a plughole cover can also be a good investment, as it acts like a sieve, stopping any hair from flushing down the drain in the first place.

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