The 8 Best Shower Drain Cleaners of 2020

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Our Top Picks
"You can use it beyond your shower to treat all your drains and toilets."
"This formula attacks hair, soap scum and other waste."
"Promises to get rid of clogs within 15 minutes."
"Customers say it works incredibly well, even on long, thick hair."
"It doesn’t leave behind harsh chemical fumes like other cleaners."
"Some reviewers say that it works in less than five minutes."
"Hair, soap, and oil are no match for this fast-acting formula."
"Just drop one strip down your drain to keep it smelling fresh."

Best Overall: Green Gobbler Drain Clog Dissolver

Be it hair, soap scum or anything else clogging your pipes, the Green Gobbler will gobble it up and have your water running smoothly in no time. To use, you just pour in one chamber of the pre-measured liquid, then wait a couple hours, flush with water, and your drain should be clogged no more.

As tough as this formula is, it’s also biodegradable and it follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Chemistry rules, which means it’s better for our nation's waterways than some other formulas. It’s also non corrosive, so you don’t have to worry about it damaging your pipes either. You can use it beyond your shower to treat all your drains and your toilets too to keep all that water flowing like it should.

Runner Up, Best Overall: Bio-Clean Drain Septic Bacteria

It’s not the cheapest shower drain cleaner on the market, but hundreds of reviews say this drain cleaner from Bio-Clean is worth it. Made from enzymes and natural bacteria, this formula attacks hair, soap scum, and other waste that’s clogging your pipes. To use, you mix 1 tablespoon of the powder with a pint of water, pour it down the drain and let it sit for 6-8 hours (preferably overnight when the shower won’t be in use). It’s recommended that you do this for five days in a row, and then once your pipes are clear, that you use it monthly to help prevent future clogging.

Customers rave about the results they get with Bio-Clean. They say it’s a great long-term solution, and that regular use is key. They also love that fact that it’s natural and doesn’t contain chemicals that will harm their pipes or the environment.

Best Budget: Liquid-Plumr Pro-Strength Clog Destroyer Plus Hair Clog Eliminator

A well-known staple when it comes to unclogging pipes, Liquid Plumber is tried, true, and economical to boot. This professional-strength formula is specifically designed to get rid of of even the hairiest clogs, and promises to do so within 15 minutes. To use, you pour the contents of the bottle down the drain, wait 15 minutes, then flush with hot water.

Best for Hair: Whink Hair Clog Blaster!

The majority of shower clogs can be attributed to hair. We all naturally lose a bit of our hair each time we wash it, plus there’s the hair from shaving, pets, and more. Over time that can add up to big, nasty clogs. Whink is designed specifically to take care of that hair and make your drains run smoothly. It works quickly too. To use, you pour 8 to 10 ounces of the liquid down the drain, let it go to work for 15 to 30 minutes, then flush with water. For seriously clogged drains, you may need to let it sit overnight.

Customers say it works incredibly well, even on long, thick hair, and that a little bit goes a long way. Some say they tried Whink as a last-ditch effort before calling a plumber, and they were pleasantly surprised with the results and lack of plumbing bills.

Best Natural: XIONLAB Safer Drain Opener Clog Remover

There are plenty of chemicals you can pour down your drains that may cure the clog, but those chemicals may also harm our nation’s waterways and damage your pipes. This drain cleaner from Xionlab, however, is biodegradable, but still boasts all the power to unclog your pipes. It’s touted as the perfect balance between effective, toxic chemical cleaners and enzyme cleaners that are painfully slow to work.

To use, you pour 16 ounces of the liquid down the drain, let it work for about half an hour, then rinse with warm water. What's more, the cleaner is odorless, so it doesn’t leave behind harsh chemical fumes like some other cleaners.

Best Fast-Acting: ComStar Pure Lye Bead Drain Opener

Some drain cleaners work more quickly than others, but this Pure Lye from Comstar works in a flash, according to hundreds of reviews. They say it cuts through the toughest clogs and works better than any other product on the market in record time. Some report it works in less than five minutes.

While it’s biodegradable and odorless, lye can be dangerous, so make sure you read all the instructions before using, take the necessary precautions (like wearing protective gloves and glasses) and store it safely. For powerful unclogging though, customers say the extra steps are worth it, and a little bit goes a long way. It can also be used for other drains and toilets, as well.

Best for Standing Water: Professor Amos Superfast Drain Cleaner

When your drain is seriously clogged, and you find yourself standing in ankle-high water, you need something tough, like this cleaner from Professor Amos. Hair, soap, and oil are no match for this fast-acting formula that attacks them and gets your water flowing again. It’s safe for all types of pipes and will take on grease in your kitchen sink as well.

To use, you just pour the liquid into your drain, and then watch it go to work. Online videos show impressive results with it dissolving hair and other waste on contact. Customers give it high marks and say it has saved them from what were sure to be expensive plumbing bills.

Best with Deodorizer: Green Gobbler BIO-Flow Drain Strips

A bit different than typical liquid drain cleaners, there are these bio-flow drain strips from Green Gobbler. To use, you just drop one strip down your drain each month, and it keeps the water flowing freely and your drain smelling fresh too. The strips use bacterial enzymes to break down hair, soap scum and more, and they’re eco-friendly too, so you can feel good about using them.

Customers say these strips work well and eliminate the need for cleaning out drains and dealing with messy powders or liquids. They also like that they eliminate odors without leaving behind a strong chemical smell. They’re probably not going to clear out the toughest clogs, but once your pipes are clear, they can help them stay that way.

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