|Zip-It. Clogged bathroom sink or tub drain? This is probably all you'll ever need.
About a year ago, knowing the clog wasn't that far down the pipe, but unable to work any sort of magic with a plunger, I popped around the corner to the hardware store (love small town living!) to see what else there was. I chose the ultra-super-dissolves-everything-except-miraculously-your-pipes potion, and then spotted this little gizmo. It's a Zip-It. Some of the potions now even come with one. I don't think you need the potion.
Despite my best efforts, and a fine tea strainer that catches most of my baby silk hair, I still get a slow drain a few times a year. I now know not to push it further along with a plunger, where it will grow from a mouse sized inconvenience to a small monster that will totally clog the pipe fifteen minutes before out of town guests arrive. Now I just pop in this little zippy strip, wiggle it, tug a bit, briefly panic thinking this will be the time it gets permanently snarled into the drain, and then finally pull out the offending snarl of silk. Voila! and Eeew! (I'll spare you a photo of that.) Zippy-quick drains, once again.
Okay, this is not the sexiest post I've ever written (Wait. Sadly, it might be. This isn't really a very sexy blog is it?), and not exactly a decorative topic (unless you noticed the fab painted marble counter top), but it's probably one of the biggest favors I could ever do for my readers. Seriously. I love whoever invented this thing. I could marry whoever invented this thing. Oh wait, I can operate it myself. No spouse required. Good thing, 'cause I could be in for a really big surprise at the altar... ! :))) Whoever you are, I send you my undying gratitude. I hope it's made you a millionaire.