For this post, I have put together a collection of the best drain cleaners currently available.
What Causes Clogged Drains?
Depending on the location of the drain, there are a range of potential causes for the blockage. For example, in the kitchen a buildup of grease and oils can cause a clog over time. While in the bathroom sink or tub the buildup of hair and soap scum is often the cause of a clog.
Types of drain cleaners
There are two main categories of liquid drain cleaners: fast acting chemical-based cleaners and slower enzymatic-based cleaners.
Factors such as whether you need the clog removed quickly, your environmental concerns or any limitations of your plumbing system will determine the type of formula you require.
The following drain cleaners contain a range of formulas so you can find the right one for your needs.
So here is my list of The 10 Best Drain Cleaners.
1. Green Gobbler GGDIS2CH32 Drain Cleaner
The Green Gobbler GGDIS2CH32 Drain Cleaner features a dual chambered bottle that allow to pour one at a time so no measuring is required.
Use one chamber for smaller jobs such as sinks and tubs.
Use two chambers for toilets.
Liquifies any drain obstructions caused by fats, oils, lint, and hair.
Features rapid hair dissolve technology works on contact.
High density formula is heavier than water, sinks and clings to the blockage to work fast.
Safe and biodegradable.
2. Drano Max Gel Drain Cleaner
The Drano Max Gel Drain Cleaner features a thick bleach formula that cuts right through standing water.
Formula clings to even the toughest clogs for quick removal.
Fast acting: works in just 15 minutes.
Contains ingredient to protect pipes from corrosion.
Pours through standing water straight to the clog.
Can leave in drains overnight.
Removes soap scum, hair, and other gunky clogs.
3. Bio-clean Drain Cleaner
The Bio-clean Drain Cleaner features a combination of natural bacteria and enzymes formulated specifically to digest dead organic waste found in your plumbing system.
Enzymes break down the clogging material on contact, then the bacteria removes it.
Spreads through the entire plumbing system, devouring all the organic waste.
Removes grease, hair, soap scum, food particles, paper and cotton.
Does not digest or have any effect on inorganic materials such as plastic pipe.
Safe for people, plumbing systems, septic tanks and the environment.
Does not produce heat, fumes or boiling.
Don’t forget the clog remover.
4. Thrift GIDDS-TY Drain Cleaner
The Thrift GIDDS-TY Drain Cleaner is a fast acting formula that dissolves hair and grease in 60 seconds or less.
Works great for small drains, grease traps and septic systems.
Contains sodium hydroxide that will not harm plumbers snakes.
Can be stored for long periods.
Does not harm porcelain, chrome, plastic or metal pipes, acrylic or fiberglass.
Contains a non-acid formula.
5. Green Gobbler (5 Pack) Drain Cleaner
The Green Gobbler (5 Pack) Drain Cleaner features fast and powerful single use packs.
Easy to use pack mean no measuring, no guessing and no mess.
Works great for bathroom sinks, bath tubs, showers, toilets, and kitchen sinks.
Effective on: grease, hair, toilet paper, soap scum, organic materials, body oils, calcium and lime buildup, rust, flush-able baby wipes, toothpaste, etc.
Includes extra long 22” plastic tool to easily and quickly remove even the toughest hair clogs from your tub or sink drain.
6. XIONLAB Drain Cleaner
The XIONLAB Drain Cleaner offers a balance between fast acting acid-based cleaners and slow enzymatic-based cleaners.
Effective as an enzymatic drain opener, but safer than an acid drain cleaner.
Gel formula works quickly and clings to blockage.
Safe for plumbing and septic tanks.
7. Professor Amos SuperFast Drain Cleaner
The Professor Amos SuperFast Drain Cleaner features a less caustic formula.
Easy to use - simply pour into the drain, wait, then flush with hot water.
Safe to use in all types of plumbing including PVC and copper.
Works for plumbing in the kitchen, bathroom, powder room, laundry tub, and floor drains.
Safe to use in public sewage systems and septic tanks.
8. Green Gobbler Ultimate Main Drain Drain Cleaner
The Green Gobbler Ultimate Main Drain Drain Cleaner features a on-caustic formula.
Safer alternative to using sodium hydroxide or bleach.
High-density formula sticks to the plumbing pipe walls
Formula alters the pH level to rapidly dissolve the obstruction.
Dissolves grease, hair, paper, soap scum, oils and organic matter easily.
Will not harm drains, pipes or septic systems.
9. Instant Power 1969 Drain Cleaner
The Instant Power 1969 Drain Cleaner quickly opens drains and removes unwanted clogs.
Dissolves hair clogs from bathroom drains.
Creates heat to melt grease from kitchen sinks.
Most effective if left in drain overnight.
More drain clogging material will dissolve if the formula is left longer to work.
10. Liquid-Plumr Pro-Strength Drain Cleaner
The Liquid-Plumr Pro-Strength Drain Cleaner provides a powerful, fast-acting solution for both slow-running and fully clogged drains.
Commercial applications include: offices, restaurants, schools, daycare centers, and commercial restrooms.
Formula works on a variety of clogs caused by hair, food soils and grease.
Safe for disposals, septic tanks and plastic pipes.
I hope this list of the best drain cleaners was helpful.
If you think I left out one that is important or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.
Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C