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How to Use a Drain Claw to Unclog a Bathtub Drain

Updated on October 21, 2012

There are literally dozens of liquid chemical drain cleaners out on the market, and some work better than others.....but, WHAT exactly are you dumping down that drain (besides money?).

There are other, more 'eco-friendly' ways to clean a simple clog:

One of the best alternatives I've come across is the "Drain Claw".This little tool is great! It's eco friendly, super easy to use, and gets the job done.

I've been using the drain claw for years, and it always amazes me. You won't believe how clogged the drains can get, and you never know what you're gonna find (especially in a rented apartment).

The clog is easy to grab with the claw and will usually work with just one or two passes. If it's still clogged after a few tries, you may then want to use a chemical as well, but I doubt you'll need it.


In this hub, I'll show you how the drain claw works by cleaning out my own bathroom drain. I just moved into this apartment a month ago, and I'm already seeing the bathtub fill up while I'm taking a shower...(which drives me Crazy).

To the right you see my own brand new drain claw, which costs me $4.99 at my local Home Depot. Here's what else you will need:

  1. Latex Gloves (You'll want these on, trust me).
  2. Plastic grocery bags. (perfect for a job like this). I double bag mine.
  3. A Drain Claw.
  4. Flashlight (optional).


First we'll get all the gear together, and you can see what the claw looks like. You simply squeeze the handle and a claw comes out ready to grab whatever lurks below........

Next we'll put the gloves on, and slide the claw down the drain. Sometimes it can be a little difficult to find, you may need a flashlight to determine where exactly the drain hole is. It's almost always towards the back of the tub, but once I actually had a drain hole that was facing the inside. Either way just force the claw down and it usually finds its way.


Whoa.. I had no Idea! That is A lot of Hair (yuk). As you can see from my picture above, its amazing that this bathtub drain was working at all!? Now you see what I was talking about. Do you know how long it would have taken chemicals to get rid of this???

And that's what's great about using a drain claw, You're not going to run out of chemicals, you can keep going until the job is done. And, you can use the claw for years and years. That's a lot of hair for the first grab, probably some more hiding down there. Let's go in for another pass!

Have you ever used a Drain Claw Before?

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Woohooo! Are you seeing what I'm seeing? ..........YES! How the (censored!!) ....did that gold chain get stuck in there? I have NO idea, but hey, "Finders Keepers".... WOW. This is getting Fun.

Now imagine if I had gone with chemicals, I would have never known this Gold Chain was down there, AND, possibly (probably) would've damaged it. I'm making another pass. (I still can't believe this drain even worked to begin with). Gotta be sure we got everything......


HOLY COW, WHAT??? WOW. This is like Christmas Morning. First, a Gold Chain.... Then I found a freakin 9 Iron!! ...A freakin 9 Iron!!....Looks like a halfway decent one too, still in good shape!

Un-freakin-believable..... I will never use Chems again! I gotta keep going, because I'm still not sure the drain is completely clear...


Will you be willing to use a Drain Claw now that you've seen what can be pulled from a bathroom drain?

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I'm....... Um.....literally speechless (shocked?) at this point....A perfectly good winter boot, and its in my size? Drain Claw Rules!..... Rules the drains like a King... King Drain Claw :)

I can only hope to find the other one, (hint hint King Drain Claw), but one things for sure, my drain is going to work after this. I love you Drain Claw! Got to go now, If I have any luck, I'll find the matching boot. (I'm gonna be up late, but one things for sure, this drain will be clean!)


~ Credits ~

The Dividers -- All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs, by hubber homesteadbound. (Thanks Cindy).

The Header PIC - ZakiDesign, RF-LL,

The Motivation -- A special thanks to SUZIE HQ , for sharing the links, her knowledge and Awesome technique. You can find her recent "Hub of The Day" here --- "Where to Find Free Gardening Containers".


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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      LOLOL, well I guess I'll go full circle then, since this hub started there in the first place :) .......(was leaning on one for the photos lol)....

      ( disclaimer -- no jacks were harmed in the making of this hub).

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      If you drink too many pints of the Black Stuff you know where you will end up . . . . Yep . . . . THE JACKS!! LOL couldn't resist!

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      @Suzie, I have to admit, I'm a bit "Scarlet" after a "Savage" comment left like that! Fair Playmate! I'm off to get "Fluthered" and act an "Eejit". Need a Few pints of the "Black Stuff" after that! TYVM!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jeff,

      Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for the lovely acknowledgement you gave me, totally unexpected and generous of you my friend!!

      You are a great talent and I am delighted to have found you here.This is a great content hub of a gadget that all homes should have. More, more and more like this Jeff!!

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Thanks shiningirisheyes :), the cool thing is that I still have another bathroom drain to clean, can't wait to get home, gonna be up all night, who knows what I'll score

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Very Very Very funny take on unclogging a drain!

      I'm voting this up as it took some humorous imagination to pull this off and you more than succeeded!

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      @Crystal Tatum, you think that's hard to believe.., I found a Ping driver like an hour later! Thanks for stopping by :) (ps, the tool really does work well)

      @Lipnancy, yep 5 bucks not a bad investment. Your plumber may actually go a bit farther down the pipe with a "snake" tool, but I'd try the claw first If I was you :), thanks for commenting

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I might just try this. My drains have been clogged for some time and I too hate to use chemicals and poisons. Funny we have a local plumbing advertising a special for on $75, they will do the same thing. Your solution is much cheaper.

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      LOL, you had me going with the gold chain but then....

      I need this tool as my shower tends to get clogged quite a bit and I am buying chemical decloggers regularly. Thanks for the great advice!

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      @ Sharkye11 , if you find a keg of moonshine I hope you will be willing to share ;), thanks for stopping by

      @flashmakit, I actually did finally find the other boot, at like 2am, I was up all night clawing that drain....., thanks for the feedback :)

      @AjeetKhurana, yep, one of the handiest little tools and fairly inexpensive. They really work as well. I would try one of these before chems anyday.Thank you for stopping by :)

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      Ajeet 5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      I did not know that such a neat tool existed.

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Well I hope you find the other boot with the easy grabber and thanks for the humor.

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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Haha! Great hub! My bathtub drain has recently started backing up. And this is an oooooold house. Who knows what I may pull out? Maybe a keg of moonshine!

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Thanks so much Suzie :), believe it or not, I'm still pulling treasures out. My luck has been unbelievable this evening. Thanks for the votes and share!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jeff!

      Wow, loving the humour on a product I was not familiar with I have to say!! LOL love the 9 iron find and the MASS of hair!! Ha!

      Great read and pics showing the steps. Always good to have the personal touch!

      VU, Useful, Interesting, Funny and Shared :-)


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