Do any shaving creams clog sinks?

Discussion in 'Shave Creams' started by 7055, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. 7055

    7055 Active Member

    I was unclogging my sink yesterday and in the middle of it all, it occurred to me that I thought I had once come across a post where somebody mentioned that Proraso has a tendency to clog sink drains. I use Proraso, so I wonder if maybe that's what happened. Anybody else have any problems with clogged sink that think it may be a result of their shaving cream?
     
  2. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    I think it's possible that it adds to the problem, but I just let hot water run for a little bit after shaving. It should help keep it clear longer.
     
  3. Straight razor dandy

    Straight razor dandy Stuck cleaning the house himself PERMANENTLY

    Proraso certainly leaves a "film" on things after use. A lot of people do not use it for that reason alone.

    I would say it is safe to say that it likely contributes to clogging over time.



    By the way, which proraso do you use?
     
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  4. 7055

    7055 Active Member

    I have been using the Proraso Red and Green lately
     
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  5. johnus

    johnus Well-Known Member

    I think you may be right on the clogged sink issue. While mine have not. Logged yet... I've noticed that some soaps seem to "stick/cling" to the blade when you're trying to rinse it. Could see where this would happen in the drain too


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  6. Straight razor dandy

    Straight razor dandy Stuck cleaning the house himself PERMANENTLY

    The way i see it, you have two options.

    1) stick with the proraso. It is cheap and easily attainable, but it will leave film and clogged drains, as well as deprive you of better options.

    2) look for better soaps that still have the qualities you like from proraso, but replace the negatives with positives. If you go this root, there are a lot of options. Proraso green is highly mentholated...so look fir sonething along those lines like caties bubbles mile high menthol or stirlings wintergreen. Proraso red is sandalwood, so look for something like Taylor of old bond street sandalwood or stirlings vanilla sandalwood.
     
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  7. Suavemikey72

    Suavemikey72 New Member

    I have never found out. I was a plumber for 5 years and in the US there is a drain cleaning product called THRIFT. Use it once every 3 months in all your drains (not in toilets) and you won't have to worry about proraso clogging your drain.

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  8. mikewood

    mikewood Well-Known Member

    OP, what what's the clog? Hair or soap or both? If it's soap hot water can help. If it's long hair you have to remove it mechanically.


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  9. simms623

    simms623 Well-Known Member

    I've been using Proraso (red & green) 95% of the time for over a year and haven't had any problems with the drain. I do use hot water and hand soap to get that film off my razor after every shave.

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  10. Erik Redd

    Erik Redd Lizabeth, baby, I'm comin' to join ya.

    I think toothpaste is a bigger culprit after having removed the P-trap once. If you quit brushing your teeth there shouldn't be a problem.
     
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  11. Spud

    Spud Well-Known Member

    Most are fairly water soluble; should dissolve extensively.
     
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  12. ohbrian

    ohbrian Well-Known Member

    i know i get a bad residue in the sink from my soaps so I'm guessing yeah they probably contribute to it...
     
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  13. Redfisher

    Redfisher Doesn't celebrate National Donut Day

    Never had a sink clog with just soap, hair is the main problem or any other solids that should not go in the drain.My daughters was always the worst and my wifes second worst. Probably the soap helps stuff stick but I had the problem long before using shave soap. I've cleaned some serious hair balls from drains over the years.
     
  14. crackstar

    crackstar Israeli Ambassador to TSD

    I noticed that certain facial soaps tend to clog a sink.
     
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  15. Obrien

    Obrien New Member

    This has happened with me. I don't remember if it was Proraso or some other shaving cream but I remember the sink getting clogged and calling professional plumbers to get it unclogged. We had thought that it was due to the hair blocking the drain but turned out it wasn't. It was then that the plumbers told me about shaving creams clogging the sink. I make it a point to let the water flow for sometime after a shave.I guess it worked because we did not have a clogged sink after that.
     
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  16. MarshalArtist

    MarshalArtist Psychiatric Help 5ยข

    I suppose hard water could cause real soaps to precipitate out and coat the inside on the pipe. Detergent based "soaps" shouldn't have this problem. I think @crackstar is on to something in mentioning facial soaps. Proraso and some other creams contain moisturizer that might not be as water soluble. Most of the reason for my slow drain is hair accumulating, but the creams may facilitate that accumulation. I just don't know for sure.
     
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  17. LaSalle82

    LaSalle82 Well-Known Member

    I use Proraso often. I would doubt that it is contributing anything more than any other soap, shave or hand to clogging the drain. Remember it's still just soap..........
     
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  18. 7055

    7055 Active Member

    I dissagree, pulled my sink apart and it seems to collect right at the base of the drain of the sink, not at the S curve, and clogs up the sink.
     
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  19. Drygulch

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    Pre-shave oils can make this worse. They make a gummy mess that sticks in the trap.
     
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  20. LaSalle82

    LaSalle82 Well-Known Member

    YMMV
     
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