How to dissolve hair in a drain

Most people are familiar with the effects of hair that slides down the drain. After a while you will notice that the water is drained very slowly, if it is drained. Hair, paste tooth, foam soap, shampoo residue and even objects can begin to clump together, clogging your drain. Many pipe cleaners use abrasive chemicals that can damage the plumbing or septic tank. Before calling the plumber, try some home remedies that can solve your problem safely.


  1. Remove the drain from the sink or the floor of the shower or bath.
  2. Stretch the hook of a wire hanger to fit the drain but hold a small hook at the tip.
  3. Push the wire hanger through the drain. Turn it up, turn it around, and wrap it around to gather as much hair as possible with the hook. Pull out the hanger and pull the hair. Do this until you cannot get more hairs.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. The vinegar will react with the bicarbonate causing effervescence and dissolving the hair. Put the plug in the drain to prevent the chemical reaction from coming out of it, if you do not have a stopper, use an adhesive tape.
  5. Let the chemicals combine and react together for 20 minutes. During this time, boil 6 cups of water.
  6. Pour the boiling water through the drain to rinse the baking soda and vinegar, as well as any residue of hair.
  7. Put a trap on the drain to prevent them from sliding down and clogging your pipes.

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