Practical stocking stuffer alert: This $13 hair catcher will save your drain—and arrive by Christmas

Julie Tong

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This tub hack will keep your pipes from getting clogged. (Photo: Amazon)
This tub hack will keep your pipes from getting clogged. (Photo: Amazon)

For a limited time, you can score the miraculous TubShroom for just $13 at Amazon (was $20). Quite possibly the most practical stocking stuffer ever, it’ll even arrive by Christmas.

The hair catcher has over 44,000 five-star reviews to back it up. I first bought this magical hair catcher in 2017. As someone with long hair, I’ve always had problems with strands clogging the drain while I showered. I’ve tried all types of hair catchers, wasted time and money with plumbers, and regrettably used Drano during desperate times. Overall, the TubShroom was by far the most effective solution,—plus, it’s cheap and easy on the eyes. I bought the TubShroom in white to match my tub, although it’s also available in fun shades like green, blue and orange.

The genius of the TubShroom lies in its brilliant design. Due to its cylindrical “mushroom” shape, you don’t actually see any of the hair, soap or residue buildup until you’re actually ready to clean it. The product is made of silicone — making it flexible and easy to fit in a variety of tub drains (TubShroom recommends drains 1.5-inch to 1.75-inch inches wide. The TubShroom is also covered in holes to allow water to easily pass through, and any hair (human or pet) that is caught is wrapped around the tube in one central place to easily wipe off and clean.

In order to keep your TubShroom lasting long, you do need to be diligent about cleaning the hair out. Every day is not necessary, but every few days is best practice to keep your TubShroom in the best shape possible. I also suggest cleaning it out when it’s dry not immediately after showering when it’s still wet (it’s quicker and lessens the ick factor too). If you want to go above and beyond, I recommend rinsing the TubShroom out with water when you remove the hair because with all the dirt and scum that passes through, it causes the TubShroom’s exterior to become extra sticky and might clog the TubShroom’s “pores” over time.

Since my first TubShroom purchase in 2017, I’ve replaced it only once in 2018. This wasn’t because it didn’t work anymore, but it just wasn’t as crisp white as it used to be. But according to TubShroom, you won’t need to replace it for at least 10 years.

Is the TubShroom a game-changer? Absolutely. Did it change my life? 100 percent. It’s available in five different colors. Keep scrolling to read why more than 44,000 Amazon reviewers love this revolutionary hair catcher.

Shop it: TubShroom Drain Protector/Hair Catcher, $13 (was $20),

Say goodbye to hair clogging up your drain. (Photo: Amazon)
Say goodbye to hair clogging up your drain. (Photo: Amazon)


One 5-star reviewer wrote: “I shed so much hair and it has always been an issue when it comes to showering! I used to try to catch the hairs before it went to the drain in which I would later have to clean once clogged, and now I encourage and move them towards the drain and my TubShroom! It truly is amazing and the silicone material allows it to not rust like the old metal tub sink screens. It makes cleaning so much easier and I am amazed every time. It even caught my dogs hair and he has short thin hairs!!! Highly highly recommend this to every home.”

Easy to clean

One 5-star reviewer wrote: “This thing is amazing! It fit into my standard drain perfectly, and I don't think a single hair slipped by it. It was pretty gross to see how much hair I lost in just one shower, but it was comforting to know it wasn't clogging my drain. Clean up is super easy, too. I just took a tissue and wiped it from top to bottom, grabbing all the hair as the soft rubber strainer released it all easily. Not a hair was caught in it.”

Shop it: TubShroom Drain Protector/Hair Catcher, $13 (was $20),

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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