Drains Я Disgusting!

As everyone knows, drains are prone to clogging.  When I first moved into the condo in 2012 the shower drain wasn’t draining very well so I unscrewed the drain cap and [wearing 2 pairs of latex gloves] pulled out a hair ball 8 inches long and 2 inches thick.  It was SO DISGUSTING [especially since I had no idea who’s hair I was pulling out!  *GAG*].  I don’t think it had been cleaned in years *FULL BODY SHUDDER*.  Since then I’ve tried to clean the sink drains & shower drain every year, but I usually forget until one of them starts backing up.

Last week my sink started draining slowly:

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On Thanksgiving morning [I did all my cooking Wednesday afternoon & didn’t have to leave the house till 1:30] I removed the items from the sink surround then used pliers to pry up the stoppers in both sinks:

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Underneath the stoppers mine was NASTY – hubby’s wasn’t so bad:

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I used the foot-long tweezers I bought from Amazon in 2014 to gently pull as much of the gunk as I could out of my drain, scooped it out of the sink with toilet paper, then scrubbed both sinks and drains with an old scrubber sponge.  Huge improvement:

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Thankfully there wasn’t any gunk down inside the drain like I’ve faced in past years.  I took both stoppers down to the kitchen & soaked them in a mug of boiling hot water with a dab of bleach added:

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Then moved on to the tub.  The tub/shower has been draining fine, but I wanted to check it anyway.  I unscrewed the cap and used the tweezers to pull what I could out.  SO GROSS:

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At this point Darwin couldn’t stand it anymore [he loves anything to do with drains and water]:

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While he investigated, I ran down to the kitchen and added the shower drain cap screw to the mug of bleachy water.  I gave the mug a stir and, yeah, gross:

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After soaking for about 30 minutes all 3 items were sparkling like new:

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And my sink was draining perfectly:

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Woohoo!

Now that you’ve suffered through some nasty photos, I’ll add some random nice ones from the past few weeks.  The adorable new toilet brushes I bought for the bathrooms:

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Darwin [left] & Birdie chilling together:

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Our either very fat or very pregnant “sherbet fish”:

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The metal shelving unit I set up in the dining room as an impromptu plant stand, and the beautiful double hibiscus that bloomed in the bedroom last week:

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The crapload of stuff we donated to charity 2 weeks ago – we both cleaned out our closets in a rather massive way [ps – I did not donate a disco ball, just the box]:

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The new Pottery Barn clubhouse Bonkers has moved into this past week, after the new laundry basket I ordered arrived:

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Sunset in Magnolia, MA while on a walk with my friend Martha:

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The blue king-sized sheet we bought to put on the bed while we’re at work to collect all the fur Bonkers donates while he sleeps – the black marks are paint I dabbed on to mark the top so I wouldn’t place it fur-side down on the bed:

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Our neighbor’s cats Apple [left] and Anzel – I fed them last night while our neighbors were away for Thanksgiving.  Last year Anzel hid in the closet and refused to come out, but this year he rubbed his face on his basket and purred like a mad man while I patted him [and yes, Apple is a very large girl]:

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3 of Abbie’s 10 chickens taking a dirt bath – we went to her house for a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration and the chickens made me giggle like they usually do:

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday!

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10 Comments

  1. Another chore to add to my list. I’d like to have a pile of giveaway like yours. You’re quite an inspiration in the “I don’t wanna do it” column. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

    • Thanks, Jo! I keep finding more and more things on that list… I’m currently working through another list of 10 “I don’t want to do this” projects!

  2. Yes, drains are disgusting…I cleaned the M’head shower drain and the hair ball was SO big I thought I had pulled out a rabbit. Luv, Dad

  3. We have to unclog our drains frequently as well. And we also have a cat toilet brush holder. Love it!

    • awesome! the cat toilet brushes i bought were on a sidebar ad on Facebook – i’ve never been tempted by them before, but I had to have the cats!

  4. What an ambitious (and yucky) project to tackle over Thanksgiving weekend. I need to do the same thing with our drains, but it’s such an easy one to postpone.
    You bought wonderful toilet brushes – so cute!. Your flowers are gorgeous, and your cats are fascinating, as always.

    • So disgusting. But needs to be done now and then! I highly recommend the giant 12″ tweezers – I bought them for drains and they’re wonderful.

  5. I hope that wasn’t your coffee cup! 🙂 Looks like Darwin wants to be a plumber. He is not fazed by drains at all.

    • Nope! A decorative mug 🙂 Yes, Darwin loves drains, toilets, sinks, anything with water moving around. He loves watching the garbage disposal “eat” things.

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