How to Shave Without Clogging the Sink


When it comes to shaving, there are two camps. One side is the group of people who shave every day and clog their sink with hair. The other camp shaves once a week or less and has no issues at all with clogged drain pipes. This article will teach you how to be in the latter camp. In this article, I will discuss how to shave without clogging the sink. So let us get started.

How to Shave Without Clogging the Sink

A Detailed Stepwise Guide on How to Shave Without Clogging the Sink

1) Fill the sink to approximately 1/3rd of its volume with water. Add shaving foam if desired. Note that this step is not mandatory, but it will improve the overall experience for you and your bathroom sink.

2) Plug the sink’s drain using a stopper or any improvised method. If no suitable cork is available, at least cover half of the gutter with duct tape to prevent loose hairs from entering it during the shaving process. Strip off excess insulation from the wire coat hanger if it seems like an obstruction in your life path.

Alternatively, use plastic straws instead if you feel that there are two tiny holes in the wire coat hanger (may take up to 3 days four results). Note that this step is also not mandatory if your sink’s drain is either located to the side of the basin or you are willing to risk submitting yourself & the bathroom sink to possible damage.

Plug the Sink's Drain Using a Stopper

3) Layout an appropriate amount of tissue paper on the floor underneath you. Note that this step can be skipped by placing a tarp beneath you during the shaving process. If no suitable tarpaulin is available, place newspapers or magazines instead for similar results.

4) Take up your razor blade in one hand, take up soap in another. Soap will improve the shaving experience by 4-5%. Now comes the most crucial part: Begin shaving at least 2 minutes before reaching stage 5! This will allow the foam/water mixture inside the sink to settle at a depth of approximately 1 inch.

5) Begin shaving from the side of your mouth that is farthest from the bathroom sink! This will allow you to minimize damage in case you accidentally nicked yourself while shaving. Note that this step can be skipped by using pre-shave oil instead of foam/water mixture if there’s a suitable substitute for it other than water or soap.

6) After finishing shaving on one side of your face, gently tap your razor blade against the rim of the sink to remove excess stubble and oil residue. Once done, carefully rinse away said residue under running water before proceeding with another shaving process.

7) Proceed with shaving on half of the face as per guidelines 2-6 until you’ve finished shaving. Once done, proceed with the next step without delay to save time and energy!

8) Using a paper towel or, even better, your bare hands, wipe away remaining foam/water residue inside the sink. If possible, aim for a particle size of no larger than 0.3 cm in diameter to prevent clogging during subsequent shave sessions.

9) Perform final rinse before inspecting results in the mirror. Don’t worry if you missed a couple of spots while shaving since this is a normal phenomenon when performing DIY shaves at home without professional assistance (may take up to 6 years four results). Now that you’re done, pat yourself & the bathroom sink dry with paper towels before proceeding with the next session (optional).

Perform Final Rinse Before Inspecting Results

10) Congratulations! You have just completed your very first successful DIY home shaves without clogging the sink in 10 simple steps. Note that if you were unable to complete all steps, do not feel discouraged nor give up altogether since success is 95% likely in any attempts made within 3-5 years of trying.

Precautions While Shaving in Sink

Preventing clogs in the sink is essential while shaving. To avoid this, do not shave on a full stomach. When you are done shaving, use warm water to clean the sink while removing any stray hair particles. Use a large brush while doing so. Adding white vinegar or chlorine bleach to water will also help disinfect the sink after washing it with soap and water. After rinsing out the sink, absorb excess moisture by wiping its walls using an old towel which you later discard.

Do not shave over a sink that has a garbage disposal. Instead, put the drain plugin to prevent its blades from being damaged by contact with shaving cream and hair particles.

Can Shaved Hair (pubic hair and body hair) Go Down Drain,? or Will It Clog?

Hair clog sink drain pipes of many homes across the country. According to plumbers, the long strands can wrap around the wastewater impellers in residential sewage pumps and cause irreparable damage. The best way to avoid this situation is not to allow pubic hair and body hair to go down the drain in the first place.

How often does that happen? If you’re like most people who shave at home, the answer is too often – shower drain become blocked with tiny hairs after each shaving session. But why do these hairs get pushed down your drain at all? Hair naturally breaks off close to its root level, so it’s natural for some hair loss to occur while shaving or taking a bath.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Ok for Hair to Go Down the Drain?

Hair can go down the drain. However, it is recommended that you take care of your hair and not use too much shampoo to avoid the buildup of minerals in your drains.

If you are concerned about any potential damage from putting hair down the drain, then you can buy a drain cover that will prevent hair from going down the drain or use a brush to sweep out any clumps of hair before flushing them away.

Will Shaving in the Shower Clog My Drain?

No, shaving in the shower will not clog your drain. However, it is important to remember that if you are experiencing any problems with your drain pipe, it is best to consult a professional plumber.

Shaving on Half of the Face

Can You Flush Shaved Hair Down the Toilet?

It is not recommended to flush your hair down the toilet. This is because hair can clog pipes and cause water pressure problems. Hair can also cause blockages, which may be difficult to remove in your drain’s siphon tube. If you decide to flush your hair down the toilet, make sure that you do it carefully and only when necessary.

Where Should I Throw Away Hair?

Throwing away hair is not a good idea as it will not decompose. Hair can be disposed of in the trash, but you should make sure that it is wrapped up well not to clog your garbage disposal. Alternatively, you can put your hair in a bag and toss it into the trash.


I hope this article has been beneficial for learning how to shave without clogging the sink. Ensure all the precautions are correct. Thank you and have a nice day!

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