Monday, April 8, 2013

Mister Plumber Drain Opener (Dollar Tree)


If you're not using this, you're paying too much.

I was skeptical using Mr. Plumber for the first time a while back to treat a tough clog.  But like everything else in Dollar Tree, I justified it with a simple, “Well if it sucks, it was only a dollar,” which come to think of it, should actually be their motto.  (I can only imagine the number of times per day people use that as a reasoning to try one of their products, but I digress.)  I mean, all the major brands cost upwards of three-to-four times as much, and those prices seem to keep steadily rising, so how was this going to compete?

Well let me tell you, this is one of those Dollar Tree staples; a product that works so well, you can just toss the national brands out the window, and never use them again.  It’s one of those excellent products that keeps Dollar Tree on the map, and helps give them the reputation of offering quality products.  To put it plainly, this stuff is phenomenal.  The only time it ever failed me?  Well guess what, so did the national brand.  Turns out the clog was so tight and fierce, that it required a human plumber.  Other than that one time, this stuff has bailed me out of everything.

Directions are the same as pretty much any drain opener:  Slowly pour in a half-bottle, wait at least fifteen minutes, then run hot water.  Voila, that’s it.  Repeat those simple directions if necessary.  But I can’t recall a time I’ve ever needed to use more than one bottle.  In fact, the times I’ve had to even use more than half are few and far between.  Nevertheless, this is one of those products I make sure to have on hand at just about any given time.  You can spend more for the “pipe snake”, or “drain monster”, or whatever gimmick the big companies dream up next, but honestly, I have not found that they work any better. 

I will say that I cannot find any indication that this stuff works in standing water situations, so you may need to look elsewhere if your drain is completely stopped.  But the good news?  Even if it doesn’t work, just like the national brands, your satisfaction is guaranteed, so you can get your whole dollar back, you penny-pinching fool.  So besides negating my great motto idea, it means you really don’t have a reason not to try it!  This stuff really works.  I’ll stake my nonexistent reputation on it!

Overall: 10/10.  The only drain opener you’ll ever need…unless it’s standing water, in which case the jury is still out.  But in all my years of using this product, I’ve never had to use more than one bottle, and that’s including situations where I’ve been ankle-deep in my own filthy water after a five-minute shower.  In fact, more often than not, all it takes is a half-bottle.  But best-of-all, besides the measly $1 price tag, is the fact that your satisfaction is still guaranteed, so if it doesn’t work, you can get your dollar back!  It’s a guarantee that most of Dollar Tree’s products should carry…

10 comments:

  1. I agree. I have been using this product for years since there is a Dollar Tree two blocks from my house. Mr. Plumber has worked fine each time. Just had it in the drain while I wrote this and when I poured a gallon and a half of hot water down the drain it looked like a new tornado.
    I would suggest using for maintenance when the drain is running slow.

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    1. Glad you liked it, too! One of my favorite products from Dollar Tree, and works just as well as the $4 bottles. Good stuff.

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  2. I've tried it several times and it never works.

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    1. The only time it hasn't worked for us is the time we had to get an actual plumber because it was clogged so deep. Outside of that, it's been gold for us.

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  3. Thin, watery, mostly bleach. But it does the trick dissolving hair in the bathroom sink and everything else the DH tosses down the kitchen sink

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    1. I was caught off guard by how thin it is, too, especially since I thought it mentioned being able to clear drains in standing water (maybe I'm wrong). I definitely wouldn't trust it to do that, but for slow drains, it's always done the trick. Might take a couple cycles if it's really slow, but usually it's one and done for us.

      Still a great product, but agree on the alarming thinness of it.

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