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How To Clean Shower Drains

A Step-by-Step Guide

Shower drains can become clogged with hair, soap residue, and other debris. A clogged shower drain can lead to unpleasant odors and can even cause water to back up, flooding your bathroom. To prevent this from happening, it is important to clean your shower drain regularly. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean shower drains.

Step 1: Remove the Drain Cover

Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the drain cover. Be careful not to scratch the surface of your shower or 

Step 2: Remove Debris

Most shower drains have a visible grate that covers the drain. Use your fingers or a pair of pliers to remove any hair or other debris from the grate. You can also use a flashlight to look down the drain for any remaining debris.

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Step 3: Pour Boiling Water

Boiling water can effectively loosen and remove any remaining debris in the drain. Carefully pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. Repeat this step two to three times.

Step 4: Use Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar can be used to clean your drain in a safe and natural way. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain with a cloth or paper towel to prevent bubbles from escaping. Wait 5-10 minutes, then pour boiling water down the drain. The combination of the baking soda and vinegar will help break down any remaining debris, allowing it to be flushed out with the boiling water.

Step 5: Replace the Drain Cover

Once you have removed all the debris and thoroughly cleaned the drain, replace the drain cover. Ensure it is properly aligned and fits securely.


In conclusion, a clean shower drain is essential for preventing clogs and maintaining a healthy, hygienic bathroom. Follow these steps regularly to keep your shower drain clean and functional.

If you have any questions about your shower drain, or if you are in need of professional drain cleaning services, contact Pickwick Plumbing . We are happy to help you prevent clogs, repair leaks, and keep your plumbing system running smoothly. 

At Pickwick Plumbing, we provide top-notch plumbing and drain cleaning services to our valued clients in Westchester County, NY, Greenwich, Stamford, and the surrounding areas. Trust local experts for all your plumbing needs.