Cleaning hair out from your shower drain is a task usually not tended to until it’s a nasty chore. Clear out hair and gunk from your drain in a snap with nothing more than a humble cable tie.
Lifehacker reader Igpajo shares a clever technique for making a DIY drain cleaner:
Most drains in homes I’ve owned have crossed pieces of metal set inside the flange that hair and other gunk get caught up on. This is what they sell things like the Turbo Snake for, but I’ve an easy cheap tool that works great.
Take a standard cable tie, (the longer the better) and using a very sharp knife, very carefully cut shallow diagonal slices into it on both sides. Make sure they angle up towards the head of the tie, and of course don’t cut all the way through. Try not to go more than half way or the tie may break off in the drain.
Slip the cable tie down into the drain, past the hair catching part and swirl it around a bit. Now pull all that nastiness out. It may take a few tries to get it all but it works great.
Our favourite part about this hack — besides using tools and raw material most of us already have on hand — is that even if you went out and bought a pack of heavy-duty cable ties just for the DIY version you could spend the same amount as the commercial version and still have useful cable ties left over. Thanks for sharing Igpajo!