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    Default Help! My shower drain smells bad!

    First to admit I’m not the best housekeeper on the planet. Understatement.
    In the last couple of months my shower drain in the ensuite has started stinking really bad. It started as a little waft and then became a full on stench that smacked me in the face when I walked into my room.
    The drain isn’t blocked - water drains as fast as it always has.
    It’s also got a grate instead of just a drain.
    Tonight I lifted the grate thing and there’s hair everywhere! So gross! And there’s some kind of mouldy slime.
    So I removed the hair (enough it would seem to make a new wig for someone) and poured bi carb down the drain and along the grate. Then added vinegar and waited a couple of hours then poured boiling water down. Followed by about 10 mins of cold running water - as per internet instructions.
    It’s better but not perfect.
    Can anyone recommend another solution or product.
    This is why I can’t have nice things !

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    Go the Chemicals!
    I know you said it’s not blocked, but I would put some draino down it first and then do another bi-carb, vinegar, boiling water flush.

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    Although it’s made for toilets Harpic White and Shine stops my toilet smelling when the kids have been sloppy with flushing. Other toilet cleaners don’t kill the smell, just that one.

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    Draino is the best for stinky drains. It's nasty stuff (caustic soda) but does the job.

    Take care to wait a few showers if you're going to try anything with bleach so you know all the vinegar is washed away. Bleach and vinegar make amonia gas, which is toxic.

    If you're on septic or have a bio-loo type system, don't use either the above. Try natural yoghurt, a couple of tablespoons a day before a shower.

    All that said, the worst drain we had was fixed by nothing as it was being caused by roots in the pipe directly outside, so was a plumber job.

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    Thanks ladies I’ll give those a try.
    Thanks in particular for the warning Re: bleach and vinegar! I was about to go in with bleach this morning! But I’ll wait a few showers!
    I honestly think the hair together with the design of the grate is leading to slimey build up and that’s stinky!
    I bought some stuff called Liquid Plumr Hair Clog Eliminator with an active ingredient sodium hydroxide. I don’t remember much about year 11 chemistry so probably best I wait a few showers before trying that one too!

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    Do you have a drain in the middle if the bathroom as well? If yes, check there for a blockage too.

    Our bathroom drains once got completely clogged up. After I had tipped litres of chemicals down the drain. Investigated the shower drain and pulled apart and cleaned the vanity pipes it was still clogged. I ended up getting a plumber in who went opened up the grate in the middle of the bathroom floor. One of the kids had played postman with some pencils years before. They had trapped probably 5 years worth of crap and hair. The mass was enormous.

    Anyway it may be worth opening up the grate in the middle if the bathroom floor if you have one.

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    I had to go and look to see if there was a drain in the middle of the floor! I’m in there multiple times a day and never noticed!
    No drain in the middle. But it was a good thought. Who knows what DS sticks where!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssecret squirrel View Post
    our bathroom drains once got completely clogged up. After i had tipped litres of chemicals down the drain. Investigated the shower drain and pulled apart and cleaned the vanity pipes it was still clogged. I ended up getting a plumber in who went opened up the grate in the middle of the bathroom floor. One of the kids had played postman with some pencils years before. They had trapped probably 5 years worth of crap and hair. The mass was enormous.
    omg 🤢🤮

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    We had this issue in one of our old places but with the kitchen sink 🤢 we ended up getting a plumber in and he poured some chemical (only licenced plumbers can apparently get it) down there. Stunk to high heaven the stuff, almost as bad as the drain did before, but it worked whatever it was.

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    Our shower was rank once, someone had shoved a toothbrush down there 🤷‍♀️

    I got a wire coat hanger, straightened it but put a hook In the end, rubber gloves and dug out what I could. Lots of black slime and hai, a few toys, and who knows what else 🤮 but it fixed it... I then poured bicarb and a boiling kettle down

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