Zip-It is a Better Solution for Slow Shower and Tub Drains Than Drain Opener

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I want to share one of the ways I quickly resolve slow shower and tub drains at my house.

Zip-It Drain Snake (3-Pack)
  • UNCLOG YOUR DRAIN IN SECONDS – The Zip-It drain snake is a flexible 25-inch drain cleaner tool that removes the hair and particles that are causing the clogging problems in your sink, shower, and tub. Simply insert into your clogged drain and remove using the large handle a few times to unclog. (Drain must have an opening larger than 1/4 inch)
  • DURABLE HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL – The Zip-It drain snake uses proprietary super tough poly material, which means your drain snake and its prongs won’t break off or get stuck in the drain like the competing brands. A less-flimsy material makes it easier to insert deep into every drain where your clogging problems are originating.
  • REUSABLE – The Zip-It is made with high quality materials which means you can reuse this drain snake on multiple drains and on multiple occasions, while the competing drain snakes break after one pull and get thrown away.
  • MADE IN THE USA BY THE ORIGINAL INVENTOR – Support products made in the United States with the Zip-It. The Zip-It was invented in the USA by the original inventor and is produced in the USA.
  • NO CHEMICALS, NON-TOXIC – Don’t use toxic chemical drain cleaners, which are more expensive, less effective, and environmentally harmful compared to using a reusable drain snake.

For the last few years, I’ve been doing a lot of the household maintenance for my family. One of the pain points we run into when my wife lets her hair grow a bit longer is that hair has a tendency to collect in the drain of the tub in our master bathroom.

I used to think that the way to solve this problem was to use a liquid drain opener. I searched for one that could completely clear any drain obstructions in one application. The right magic liquid eluded me, despite trying several different brands. So I decided to search for solutions that involved using a physical appliance like a plunger or an auger.

In the course of talking to friends who are handier than I am, one friend asked, “is the problem mainly hair getting stuck in the drain?” I had no idea, so he said, “Maybe you should get a Zip-It, then see if it brings up anything when you use it.”

I had no idea what a Zip-It was, so I bought one next time I was at my local hardware store. Zip-It is an inexpensive plastic wand with a loop where you insert your index finger at the top, and a series of plastic barbs on both sides of the length of the wand. In order to use the Zip-It, you insert it as deeply into the tub drain as possible, then pull the wand completely out of the drain.

I tried this, and it immediately pulled up a hand-sized ball of hair along with some soap scum that had collected on it. I found that this sort of hair ball develops in our tub drain about once a month, so I put a recurring task in Todoist to use Zip-It to clear the drain. The result is water freely-flowing through our tub drain on a consistent basis.

Zip-It and its competitors are advertised as disposable, but I reuse the original one I purchased by simply removing the hair from the wand, throwing the hair in the garbage, washing the Zip-It under the faucet, and hanging the Zip-It up to dry. From my experience of a few years, this Zip-It might last a lifetime. It’s among the best $14 I’ve ever spent in terms of value for my money.