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How to Prevent Hair In Shower Drain

Updated on May 17, 2014

A Shower Drain Hair Catcher

For me one of the worst cleaning jobs was removing the hair in the shower drain. I don't know how it is that you can be removing hair a full day after someone has last taken a shower and yet somehow the hair you pull out of the drain is still wet and slimy. It is gross enough to have to do this job when you are living on your own, but if you have a family you also have to do it more frequently.

This is one cleaning job that I did not want to have to do anymore. However if I just completely ignored it, I would end up clogging my drain. Then I would need to get a plumber and they are not cheap. So I certainly don't want to have to be calling one every so often for the rest of my life.

To me the best cleaning products are the ones that prevent you from having to clean. So I went looking online and found products with different titles like shower drain strainer, drain hair catcher, and hair stopper bath strainer. I found the perfect solution with the Danco Microban Hair Catcher.

There are other shower drain hair catcher products available, but some of them are just flat and sit over top of the drain so I found that they didn't stay in place very well. There was another one with suction cups to keep it in place. The problem with that one was that the hair is able to get underneath it between the suction cups where there are gaps.

The Danco Microban Hair Catcher fits inside my drain which keeps it in place. There are little "spikes" to help with catching all the hair. The holes in it are small enough to prevent the hair from getting into the drain, but big enough to allow the water to flow through. It also has a little handle to make it easy to remove from the drain so you don't have to even touch the hair.

So now all I have to do is pick it up by the handle and dump out what it catches into the garbage. I have seen other people write reviews about it supposedly not being easy to clean. However even if any of the hair sticks to it, I can just pull it off. There isn't any of the "slime" that you get when you remove hair directly from the drain. If you just don't like touching hair, you can use a paper towel or wear gloves.

Other Choices For How To Prevent Hair From Clogging a Drain and A Way To Remove Hair From a Clogged Drain

Hair Snare Drain Cover Universal - White
Hair Snare Drain Cover Universal - White

This is a good choice if you have a pop up stopper. This is designed to fit over top of it.

OXO Good Grips Easy Clean Shower Stall Drain Protector - Stainless Steel & Silicone
OXO Good Grips Easy Clean Shower Stall Drain Protector - Stainless Steel & Silicone

If you prefer a flat model this is the best selling model on Amazon.

FlexiSnake Drain Millipede Hair Clog Tool for Drain Cleaning
FlexiSnake Drain Millipede Hair Clog Tool for Drain Cleaning

If you haven't been using a a bathtub hair catcher you may need one of these. It will help you to unclog your drain.


At the 1:33 mark the video shows you the Danco Micro Ban Hair Catcher and how well it fits in the drain.

Do You Have A Shower Drain Hair Catcher or Do You Make Someone Else Clean It So You Don't Need One?

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    • PaigSr profile image

      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      We have something like this. Not sure who makes it as it was given to us by our plumber. But at this point we haven't had to have the pipes blown out in many months.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I need one. Right now, it's me having to clean the gunky, slimy mess. In all fairness, most of the hair is mine but still it's a yucky job. :( This product is going on my shopping list.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I use baking soda and white vinegar about once every month to keep my drain unclogged. I like this idea better!! Thanks