Unclog a drain in seconds, no chemicals!

Subtitle: In which I sigh about my giant hair, but grin about the giant brain it conceals.

Sink backed up? Hey take it ease, I just invented a new way to unclog a drain. It works really well on those nasty hairballs that reside a few inches below your drain’s crosshairs, the secret, out-of-sight wet dreadlocks that back up the sink or tub into a scummy mess.

I predict this man's name is Mr. Tou Long Haa.

I predict this man's name is Mr. Tou Long Haa.

I get these in the tub periodically, which I guess makes sense because I only brush my hair in the shower. But today’s monstrosity was in the sink, and I don’t really shed hair into my sink. OK, maybe one hair a day.

Her name is Hera Lotta.  (She's Norweigan, like Hedda Gabler.)

Her name is Hera Lotta. (She's Norweigan, like Hedda Gabler.)

Then again, my giant hair is about 20 inches long, and I’ve lived here for 16 months, and 16 months x 30 days a month x 1 hair a day x 20 inches a hair = 9600 inches of hair, and as I contemplate 800 feet of hair, what is that sensation, is that bile rising in my mouth? How strange. And also, what the hell are they suspended on down there? And why are they always grey and ferrety when they come back up? Upsetting.

That red bowl is like a metaphor for my drain.

That red bowl is like a metaphor for my drain.

Stop thinking about it. Seriously. Who cares, now you can get them outta there for free in like 20 seconds because of my giant brain’s new invention. I haven’t named it yet, and will consider suggestions.

You will need:
A drinking straw. Bendy is nice but not imperative.
Scissors.
Tweezers.

These is your toolses.

These is your toolses.

As you can see, I used some badass medical forceps thingies from back in my dad’s lab days. They even have his initials on them on a strip of weird orange tape. Your tweezers probably aren’t as good as mine, but don’t feel too bad about it. You could also use pliers. Even unbending a paperclip would work in a pinch. You might not wanna use the tweezers you pluck your eyebrows with, though, just for psychological reasons.

What you do:

Squeeze the straw so it flattens.
Snip little cuts, on an angle, into about half the length of the straw. Unflatten the straw & flex it around a bit so the little triangles you cut out look like barbs.
If you’re using a bendy straw, snip the non-bendy end, and note that you want your little barbs to point upwards, towards the bendy part.

The little diagonal cuts will make pointy chevrons in the straw.

The little diagonal cuts will make pointy chevrons in the straw.

Run some water into the drain for a few seconds, because wet hair is more flexible and will probably come up a little easier.
Hold the straw by the unsnipped end, so the barbs are pointing upwards.
Dip the straw into the drain.

Don't think about it too much.

Don't think about it too much.

Wiggle your straw up & down and slowly rotate it so the barbed side encounters your monstrosity.
Note: in the sink the drain goes straight down for 10 inches or so. In a bathtub, the drain usually makes a 90′ bend back towards the wall.

If you don’t feel the resistance of snagged hair, try a few other positions in the drain- the hair-rat might be against one side, or in the middle.
If you need to go deeper, use the tweezers to help manouvre the straw. The bendy part of a bendy straw provides good traction for this step.

Follicula decided to save money by growing her own Burqa, much to the chagrin of her small daughter, who lacked the vocabulary to remind her mother that they were, in fact, Infidels.

Follicula decided to save money by growing her own Burqa, much to the chagrin of her small daughter, who lacked the vocabulary to remind her mother that they were, in fact, Infidels.

When you feel the clog, try to use the straw to force it up against the side of the drain, and really rub against it hard so the little barbs catch. Imagine you’re a socially-awkward businesman on a Tokyo train at rush-hour.

When you feel you’ve hooked your horrible prize, carefully pull it up, not too fast or you’ll lose your fish. When you see it, grab it with the tweezers (or hook it with the paper clip) and birth that horrid baby into the light. Then wrap it up in a wad of toilet paper, throw it away, scrub your hands compulsively, and pretend it never happened.

I pulled an eight-inch peltsnake out of my drain today. I decided that it was private, though, and declined to photograph it. Too bad, nosey.

See that ankle-sized woman right in the middle?  She doesn't even have long hair.  Her tall friends were nice to include her, but I bet she's sick of their pity.

See that ankle-sized woman right in the middle? She doesn't even have long hair. Her tall friends were nice to include her, but I bet she's sick of their pity.

PS – I know, that whole thing was super-grode, sorry. Need a drink? Here’s a tutorial on How to get them to give you a free cocktail on an airplane.

26 Responses to Unclog a drain in seconds, no chemicals!

  1. Hellcat13 says:

    I was starting to gag just reading this. I got environmental guilt the other day and decided to stop pouring toxic waste down my drain, so I pulled a hairball out of the shower drain. I nearly died. While your solution is great, mine is better: I told my husband that since HE likes my hair long, HE can clean out all the drains from now on.

    I’ll be sure to pass along your tip, though!

  2. j.bone says:

    And by “barf” I mean “That’s brilliant”
    And also, Barf!

  3. Rain says:

    Brilliant! I have long thick hair that is ALWAYS brushed over the sink. I’m tryin’ this tomorrow. Also,I love all your stories so far. Hilarity!

  4. Gabriel Irons says:

    Wow, I never thought of that – but quite a good way to unclog a drain! You’re a truly witty person and I loved your little side notes, while I also learned today that a chevron is a shape.

    Also, barf.

    :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    huu

  6. jODY says:

    EZ TÖK DURVA NEM AZÉRT DE TÉNYLEG

  7. That last comment is in Hungarian. I asked Kalman to translate it and he said,

    “It doesn’t really make sense to me, but I’m hardly fluent so maybe it’s some grammatical structure that’s going over my head. Either that or it’s maybe a hungarian version of the “interesting post” or I read this post carefully, great points!” bot.

    It’s something like “this is totally rough, not because but really”
    “Durva” can also mean “brutish” or even “violent”.
    Maybe the Hungarian kids are using it like we use wicked or bad or sick.”

    So.

    Yeah, jODY. It’s totally brutish. Not because, but really.

  8. kalman says:

    So I ran this by my mom, and she says the ‘NEM AZERT DE TENYLEG’ part, the part that perplexed me, is a slang. She sais ‘low life slang’, actually, but we won’t get into that.

    It’s ‘Not because, but really’ as an abbreviation of ‘not because –I’m giving you a hard time, busting your balls, being difficult etc.– but really.’

    Clearly Jody found this gross, for reals yo.

  9. stamp says:

    In other words, “Listen, I don’t mean to bust your balls, but this is friggin disgusting”? I kind of agree. I don’t mean to bust my balls either. Thanks, Hungarians.

  10. ,dftdhsayesr says:

    WEIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. diana says:

    walla tan kta lesh edhe ju kukukuk a mos jeni naj njana maria ??? se vetem ajo ka qishtu shum lesh

  12. diana says:

    a po hekin keq mamat tu ju hek morrat a jo???? edhe a po ju del breza per flok hahaha

  13. jitka says:

    I’m thinking that I had long hair and it’s got only 5 inches above the butt …….. where I count
    I apologize for the mistakes I am a Czech and English is not one of my main page

  14. soukaina says:

    j’aime les cheuveux long

  15. zo says:

    i have 2 feet of hair and iam 9 years old.

  16. zo says:

    i have 2 feet of hair and i am 9 years old

  17. evonaya says:

    How do you guys get long hair please tell me

  18. Long hair says:

    Female long hair is so beautiful!

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  20. Hmybutthole says:

    Ewww

  21. Unit 731 says:

    I have a guarenteed floor.

  22. tweezer says:

    tweezer…

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