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Saving Relationships, One Clogged Drain at a Time

By January 27th, 202137 Comments
…by Bee of ‘

I’ve learned that oftentimes while in relationships, it’s the little things that make a difference. Matching bras and panties? Cool. Cooking their favourite meal when you know they had a tough day? Nice. Forgoing expensive gifts and giving them a handmade coupon book for “10 kisses” and “an hour-long massage”? Cute, especially when you’re broke. Taking a trip to Canadian Tire and spending $5 on a tool that might just save your relationship? YES! Let me explain.

It was a day not too long ago. I had come home from a horrid day at work, and decided to take a long, hot shower to unwind. There I was, iTunes bumpin’, off in the tub exfoliating with my pom-pom yellin’ “Go 3000!” (I was listening to Art Of Storytelling Pt. 4), and having a grand time caressing my hair with the most conditiony of conditioners. I got out, feeling good and smelling better, then exited the bathroom to allow the Hubs to get his shower on.

I was feeling like a goddess in my towel and turban, and eenie-meenie-minie-moeing my Bath & Body Works drawer of lotions when I heard Homieloverfriend bellow my name from the bathroom. He didn’t yell, he didn’t scream – he bellowed y’all. That sound came from the pit of his stomach and was fully projected with all the strength of his diaphragm. Was he hurt? Did I use up the hot water? What happened? When I entered the bathroom, he shot me a look of utter and complete disgust that I had never seen before.

“Babes! What’s wrong?” I whispered.

“It’s….it’s just….it’s…your hair.”

Lo and behold, I took a peek in the tub…and in my sheer joy of being out of work and in a hot, steamy, frothy, bubbly state of bliss, I had forgotten to clean all of my detangled curlies from the bathtub. Small tings to me, but for a chaetophobe like my hubby, it was an unforgiveable offense. I rubbed his back, promised never to let it happen again, and proceeded to gather up all the loose hair from the tub and drain, all while trying hard not to laugh at how serious he was. His hatred of loose hair is real deal Holyfield. The only time he’s really mad at me is when I leave hair in the tub, on the counter, on the floor, on his sweaters, in his beard…you get it. Let him go in the shower and see one lonely curl, and he’s pissed. Even worse is if he notices that the water is draining much slower than usual…whooooo chile!

I finally found the thing to save my marriage and my bathtub drains: a hair snare drain guard.

Saving Relationships, One Clogged Drain at a Time

This simple, inexpensive tool accomplishes something that I thought was impossible. It catches all of your loose hair while still draining water – and saves you SO much trouble. No more annoying clogs! No more having to reach your hand into the drain to pull out hair! No more pouring eyeball-burning chemicals down the drain to dissolve the clog! And best of all, no more angry husbands and fellow bathroom users! Check your local Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, or Home Hardware to find one of these babies and enjoy!

Depending on the fit of your tub and the size of your drain, a hair snare drain guard may not catch ALL of your hair….but it should catch enough to make a difference. If you’re still struggling with clogged drains, get out some baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water and try this natural clog-cleaning technique.

Morals of this story? 1. Be cognizant of your partner’s pet peeves and do what you can to minimize them. 2. A trip to Canadian Tire might just help your relationship 🙂

Can you relate?!


  • Anonymous says:

    There is a very inexpensive item at Home Depot or Lowe's called the "Zip It" that I use in my drain. Just stick it in your drain as far as you can and pull out all of the hair! I follow up with quick rinse of vinegar and baking soda. Just google it. It beats Drano and it really works….

  • Kimmie0810 says:

    I don't see how a simple compromise or doing something that your partner likes/stop doing something your partner dislikes is considered "walking all over" someone. Compromise is how to keep relationships strong. Who wants to be uncooperative and some would say downright disrespectful in their relationship? And what's hard about matching up some underwear? If you have to buy them anyway and he likes the cute sets, what difference does it make? Making an argument out of everything is how people stay single or end up divorced or in miserable relationships.

    I share a bathroom w/a borderline chaetophobe (hates wet hair)and my hair sheds a lot so I'm mindful to clean up behind myself. It's a chore especially when they can't even wipe the daggone toothpaste out of the sink but whatever. I will be "the good one".

  • cutiepieCALI says:

    I have this already, but its actually caused a new problem. The water drains a lot slower now, so I have to wash the bath tub very frequently 🙁 Any other options out there?

  • Red Gorilla says:

    I just saw this in Walmart yesterday and was telling the husband about it today. I'm buying it. He has had to clear many clogged drains in our house!

  • Red Gorilla says:

    I just saw this in Walmart yesterday and was telling the husband about it today. I'm buying it. He has had to clear many clogged drains in our house!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, I guess he'd better pack his bags if he's that picky (toothpaste, etc.). I tell you no wonder some men walk over some women…YOU let them!

  • Anonymous says:

    MATCHING UNDIES, really. If he wants them to match then he should buy them. I'm to busy trying to make sure the hair, face and wardrobe is tight!

  • GinormicaMG says:

    I have to side with your Hubby…I HATE seeing loose hair. I wonder how I will survive my new natural quest for growth??? As for the drains. anyone with clogged drains and an ounce of care for thier pipes and the enviornment, should pick up a can of CLR POWERPLUMMER!!! These pressurized cans of miraculousness, can be found at many small hardware stores or online. You will NOT be sorry!!!!

  • Gwenn4ya says:

    LOL…yeah I can relate. I am not in country right now, but when I was at home my hubby hated seeing my hair EVERYWHERE! He was like really Babe does it have to be all over the bathroom!! LOL….Oh yeah @ Tgoodmill, I feel ya! I used to get it on a daily. Me and my daughter! I know it will be much worse when I come home! LOL

  • Bee says:

    Hey Anon @ 9:22pm – I got mine a Walmart, so you should be in luck!

    Anon @ 9:26pm – yup. I clean mine every time, and it's been great!

  • Tgoodmill says:

    I already got one my hubby be cussing me and my daughter out.

  • Anonymous says:

    My husband is the same way..He can not stand the hair in the tub. I don't know what it is..I guess it's like when he shaves his face he uses the noxzema to clean his face and leave little hair..OK..I get it now..

    We have that same tool..remember to clean it after each use or it DOESNT work..ask my husband the live in plumber..

  • Anonymous says:

    This post is a lifesaver! Does Walmart carry these things? I need one asap!

  • Annie L. says:

    I was PORING through reviews of these not 3 days ago and have a folder bookmarked! I thought I was in the minority with my shower 'pool', woefully toxic industrial strength drain cleaner and daily vinegar and baking soda de-clogging sessions! I'm eyeing a mesh strainer right now but in the meantime my mom had a great idea and suggested I use a stainless steel sponge to catch product and hair. It's working but I can't wait to get the real (stationary) thing.

    @liyahmomma – search Hair Snare by Ace, the Endurance mesh strainer, the Danco mesh strainer or the Stop-a-Clog Drain Protector.

  • liyahmomma says:

    thanks @Anonymous at 4:37pm. I will try that.

  • 'Chone says:

    my mom has one in her bathroom. I agree with "The Curly Oenophile" becuz it can be gross when u have 2 clean it but its way better than havin a clogged drain lol

  • Anonymous says:

    @Liyahmomma — my apartments had the same thing so I just had maintenance come remove it. Then, I punched a very small hole at the bottom of the stopper & it fit nice a snug! Just cut one of the holes/dividers (you'll know what I'm saying when you get it) & that's just enough to put onto that thing in the middle of the drain that initially held the stopper.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am not married but I will buy me one because my drain is being clogged every other month. Thank you for this article it helped me alot.

    Megan Montgomery

  • The Curly Oenophile says:

    Eww! I tried this thing way before I went natural. While it's a good idea, it's gross! Not only does it collect hairs but it can collect the dirt and grime from your and anyone else who uses the shower, too. I had to get my husband to clean it out because I would gag (slightly) at the sight of it. Needless to say, I got rid of it because it also made me less interested in taking a shower in our bathroom. My hair is shorter and a lot healthier now so we don't have a clogged drain problem anymore…for now.

  • liyahmomma says:

    My tub has the stopper at the bottom that you just push down to close. Does anyone know if there are options for me to use to stop the hair with this kind of drain?

  • Tina aka MissT1806 says:

    This post just made my day cos I can relate so well! My BF is the exact same except that he goes through phases with it! He'll not comment for some time then out of the blue just boil up and like you alot of times I wanna kinda laugh at how angry he gets (it's kinda cute) but then realize might not be such a good idea lol but because I can't help it I do end up teasing him later when he's calmed down and he's always a good sport lol!!!

  • Tonia says:

    I will definitely have to pick up 1 of those. My husband was hot having to drain our clogged up bathtub!

  • Bridget says:

    Hilarious! I currently live by myself but I am getting married in August,so I will definitely invest in the hair stopper. @ Danielle Thanks for mentioning the toothpaste squeezy thing. I know he is anal about the toothpaste as well. Adding it to my list too.

  • Anonymous says:

    I can definitely relate! Grabbed one of these things and its been smooth sailing ever since. Well except when I forgot to rinse the tub down after a long cowashing session. He almost threw his back out slipping in the tub. lol

  • Bee says:

    Oops – here's the link for the vinegar/baking soda mix for unclogging drains without harsh chemicals:

  • Bee says:

    Glad a lot of y'all relate! Even happier that some of you have seen the light! LOL!

    Danielle – we have that issue too. Never mind my ability to ALWAYS forget to put a new toilet paper roll on the holder! And Anon @ 11:59am – Drawzontheflophobia? I'm cackling over here! Sharing a space with a person definitely takes effort, whether it's a romantic partner or not. Hopefully the hair drain eliminates at least one issue 🙂

    Thanks for reading!

  • Anonymous says:

    loose wet hair is friggin disgusting, it just is. I'm mad i have that "phobia" but still have to deal with this hair. WHAT TO DO?

  • Crescentcurl says:

    So funny. The super just left my building for the same thing! My husband told me to get the hair stopper because I threw my old one away.

  • GGmadeit says:

    I keep a spare in the closet at all times

  • LM says:

    interesting…sometimes you don't know what really bothers a person till you live with them. A lesson I will keep with me for future reference lol. Not married but am in a 3 year relationship with someone whom I hope to marry in the future(after college and whatnot). Thanks for the tip.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have one of those. One of life's greatest inventions…IMO, right up there with sliced bread 🙂

  • Dallas Landrum-Martin says:

    I bought one of these – a combination of I'm sick of having a slow drain every month and I'm sick of my husband complaining every month having to buy Drano. Had it for weeks before the husband took it out of its packaging and put it in the shower. He *really* was over it!

  • Erika A. says:

    I can completely relate to this story! LOL! I bought one of those hair strainer thingies at my bf's request. He throws a fit if the shower drain is slow or if there's hair left in the tub. (He's okay with his beard hairs being left all over the bathroom though after shaving…)

  • Kiesha says:

    Well, I don't have a husband BUT this is something I need for my dorm. You saved me from pissing off my roomie and possible a school fee LOL

  • Danielle says:

    LOL Absolutely can relate… what saved our relationship was those toothpaste squeezy things that help you squeeze it uniformly from the bottom. We almost broke-up over the "toothpaste being squeezed from the middle" issue.

  • Anonymous says:

    Yes! LOL @ chaetophobe!

    My DH has drawzontheflophobia.

    I disentangle his smelly boxers from his pants to put them in the washer without complaint, but let me forget my intimates on the floor and walk away – girl, we're talking a threat level orange hissyfit.

  • Anonymous says:

    I can definitely relate;bought one a few months ago for my shower; made all the difference in the world. Hubby already had to unclog the drain once and was not very happy. So I spotted one of these in Walmart and bought it. Works great! Now there is no evidence of when I've washed my hair,lol.

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