Cleaning out the shower drain is one of those household jobs that we, on the whole, manage to conveniently forget to do.
Yet a combination of soap scum and hair lurking in plugholes mean we have no choice but to roll up our sleeves and get unclogging.
As if to emphasise this point, Mira Showers has conducted an experiment which has revealed how much hair is likely to lurk in our plugholes, with the results used to create a first-of-its-kind online calculator to help you work out how much hair is clogging your drain.
To conduct the study, 11 households were monitored for two weeks to find out what was lurking in the plug hole after showering. There was a total of 3.2g of hair collected from the drains after a mere 14 days, with this sample group revealing that after a mere 24 hours, the nation's plugholes are likely to be blocked with 697kg of hair. To put that into perspective, it's the equivalent of 172 cats or 9 people.
The data was then analysed by Mira Showers to create a tool that, depending on who answers and their hair types, will predict the amount of hair that is going to clog your drain across a month, year, decade and a lifetime. From this answer, you will then be able to predict how often you need to be cleaning your drains.
Interestingly, it was found that the participants with red or bleached hair were the most likely to lose the most down the drain with each wash, compared to natural blondes who lost the least. Participants who had fine hair were twice as likely to lose hair compared to those with a medium coarseness. Of course, the frequency of a shower also makes a difference, with Brits who shower more often and for longer likely to lose more hair.
You can find out how often you should be cleaning your drain by using the calculator here.
Matt Herbert, Senior Market Analyst at Mira Showers, said: "We were astounded to find out just how much hair could be clogging up the UK’s shower drains, but it’s clear that exactly how much depends on so many individual circumstances. Soap scum can exacerbate blockages too. How often you should clean out your shower drains depends on how frequently you use it – the new calculator on our website can give you a clue as to how regularly you should get the plunger out."