How to keep your drains clog-free without chemicals! 

bathtub drain with tubshroom installed

I love to clean, but I don’t like “gross cleaning”. The kind of cleaning that requires me to fish hair clogs out of the bathtub drain, that kind of gross cleaning.

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Side and top view of Tubshroom

I have longer hair and every few weeks, my bathtub will start to drain slower and slower until I finally need to clear things up with chemicals. I really don’t like doing that, especially when I read the label. Eee gads, it’s scary, like zombie apocalypse scary.

I don gloves and safety goggles and follow the directions on the label, leave a note that NO ONE is to use the tub for at least 15 minutes, and then I wait until I can run hot water down the drain hoping everything runs smoothly and quickly. Sometimes, that works, but sometimes I need to go through the entire process one or two more times.

It’s annoying.

Packages of Tubshroom and Sinkshroom

Super Easy Installation

I honestly thought that unless I wanted to go the totally icky fishing method of using a tool to pull hair out of the drain (OH MY WORD), this was my only option, until I tried TubShroom.

Packages of Tubshroom and Sinkshroom

I wasn’t sure how or if TubShroom would work and I worried that it would be hard to install but it literally took less than 30 seconds to swap out my traditional mesh strainer for the TubShroom.

bathtub drain with traditional drain cover

bathtub drain with traditional drain cover removed

All I had to do was unscrew the middle screw, pull out the strainer and place the TubShroom in place. It sticks up like a mushroom cap and doesn’t slow down the water draining from the tub at all.

bathtub drain with tubshroom installed

My tub is old so ignore the ugliness – it’s on the list of things that need to be updated, someday soon, hopefully. 😉

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side view of Tubshroom

 

No More Clogged Drains

I waited a few days and checked it and it had done its job well. There was hair coiled around the base that it prevented from going down the drain and all I had to do was use a wad of toilet paper to pull the hair off. The TubShroom was ready to go again and I put it back into place.

You can buy one here but I’ve also seen them available at brick and mortar stores. 

So far, I have only installed it in the bathtub but there is a SinkShroom as well that will be perfect for the bathroom sink.

One More Thing

Shortly after I posted this someone commented on my Facebook page that their Tubshroom got moldy. When they made the comment, mine was still fine but sure enough, in about a month, it did get moldy and I freaked out a bit but knew I could get it clean.

How To Clean a Tubshroom and Get Rid of the Gunk and Mold

Even with weekly cleanings during which I would pull the TubShroom out of the drain and clean off the hair, it did inevitably get hideous and sure enough, developed mold. 

When this happened to me, I was tempted to throw it out and replace it with the original strainer but I did like how it worked and the principal of not needing to worry about clogs anymore so I thought I would give cleaning it a try. 

These pictures are gross and I don’t like showing them to you, but this is what the Tubshroom looked like with the mold. 

I knew from past experience that the only thing that has ever effectively cleaned mold for me is bleach. I have not tried vinegar for this and if you do, please let me know if it works.

Instructions for Cleaning a TubShroom:

I removed the hair from the body of the TubShroom and then placed it in a metal cup that I use for household cleaning. NOT something we ever drink out of.

Once it was in the cup, I poured bleach over it until it was fully covered.

I allowed the Tubshroom to soak for 30 minutes and then flipped it over to soak for another 30 minutes. 

When the soaking was done, the mold was gone. 

I rinsed off the Tubshroom and put it back in place.

Now I know that once I start seeing the mold I immediately soak it so it doesn’t end up as disgusting as the original photo. 

 

bathtub drain with tubshroom installed