Plumbing Info

July 14, 2016

Name of product: Liquid Plumr® Pro-Strength Foaming Clog Fighter®, Liquid Plumr® Industrial Strength Urgent Clear® and Liquid Plumr® Pro-Strength Urgent Clear® clog removers




Hazard: The recalled bottles are not child-resistant and children can remove the top, posing a risk of chemical burns and irritation to the skin and eyes. These products contain sodium hydroxide which is required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act to be sealed with child-resistant packaging.

Remedy: Consumers should keep this recalled product away from children and immediately contact The Clorox Company’s Liquid Plumr call center for disposal and refund instructions.

Consumer Contact: The Clorox Company’s Liquid Plumr call center toll-free at 855-490-0705 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at and click on “Important Safety Recall Notice” for more information.

Units: About 5.4 million

Description: This recall involves three Liquid Plumr clog removing products, sold in 17 ounce bottles that are about 9 inches tall. The bottles have the Liquid Plumr logo and the name of the product on the front. Liquid Plumr products included in the recall are:

Name of Product UPC Code Description
Liquid Plumr Pro-Strength Foaming Clog Fighter, formerly sold as Slow Flow Fighter UPC Code 44600-00214 Orange bottle with a red cap
Liquid Plumr Pro-Strength Urgent Clear UPC Code 44600-30548 Blue bottle with a red cap
Liquid Plumr Industrial Strength Urgent Clear UPC Code 44600-31484 Black bottle with a red cap

The UPC code is printed in the lower left corner on the back of the bottle. Only bottles manufactured before March 22, 2016 are included in this recall.

Incidents/Injuries: The Clorox Company has received 8 reports of the child-resistant bottle caps not working as intended and 221 reports of the bottles leaking. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Dollar General, Family Dollar, HEB, Home Depot, Kroger, Lowe’s, Meijer, Publix, Rite-Aid, Target, Walgreens, Walmart and other dollar, grocery, hardware and mass merchandise stores nationwide and online at, and from January 2012 through May 2016 for between $3 and $5.

Distributor(s): The Clorox Company, of Oakland, Calif.

Manufactured in: U.S.

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline
Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products.


  1. Adam

    Describe clog removers beautifully , here is the question clog removers also damage drain lines , so how we prevent drain lines damage

    • Jason

      Hi Adam, the best way to avoid damaging pipes is to stay away from chemical based drain cleaners all together. High pressured jet blasting (aka hydrojetting) is completely safe for pipes because it uses only water combined with a hydraulic nozzle to clear out blockages. It’s actually good for your pipes and improves the longevity because it scrubs the entire inside clean. In most cases we can clear blockages in under an our, and flush out years of sediment buildup in a matter of minutes. If you want more info on jet blasting check out our page.

  2. Luke

    I am a plumber, and using Liquid Plumr is only a short term solution, if it even actually works. This may clear the blockage at one end, however it will not unblock the problem at the source. You need a professional to clear your drain blockage, we will use our high pressure jet blaster to clear the blockage, and using our CCTV camera we can locate the blockage and detect where its coming from. This will mean that the problem will usually not keep ocurring. You will just waste your money on products like these, not only that they contain toxic substances which you do not want in your household.

  3. Josh Wain

    Agree with Jason. Stay away from the harsh chemicals. We’be been on many jobs where the homeowner, prior to calling us, tried the “nuke the clog” method. It never turns out well and usually exacerbates the problem.
    And Luke also has a good point about leaving this stuff around the house. Josh at Palm Bay, Florida


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