About Sani Sticks
If you’re looking to keep your drain clear and odor-free all year long, Sani Sticks “super concentrated” drain cleaning and sanitation sticks are claimed stop greasy buildup that can clog drains, and even dissolves food, hair, organic deposits, and other common clogging agents.
According to the manufacturer, all you have to do is drop one Sani Stick into your drain each month, whether in your kitchen, bathroom, utility room, or anywhere else. After it lodges in your drain’s trap, it releases a concentrated blend of enzymes that stop backups, clogs, and odors, along with a pleasing scent.
Despites its power though, Sani Sticks are all natural and biodegradable, and are 100% safe for all drains, plumbing, and septic tanks.
You might have heard that what you can’t see won’t hurt you, but the hidden nastiness in your drains certainly can smell up your entire house if it’s not properly controlled. But will Sani Sticks provide an easy solution, or just frustration?
First, let’s talk about enzymes.
What are Enzymes?
At their most basic, enzymes are “biological molecules (typically proteins) that significantly speed up the rate of virtually all of the chemical reactions that take place within cells.” As such, enzymes play a key role in digestion, metabolism, and many other bodily processes.
Because some types of enzymes are very good at breaking down substances at the molecular level, they’re often used in drain cleaning formulas (known as enzymatic drain cleaners) to slowly “chew through” clogs and other odor-causing material. Unfortunately, we’re not told which enzymes are included in Sani Sticks, although this generally involves a proprietary formula.
With this in mind, what are the pros and cons of enzymatic drain cleaners like Sani Sticks?
Pros/Cons of Enzymatic Drain Cleaners Like Sani Sticks
One of the biggest advantages of enzymatic drain cleaners like Sani Sticks is they’re derived from natural sources (making them safe for all types of plumbing and septic tanks, in addition to their environmental-friendliness), ease of use, and low cost.
On the other hand, if you’ve ever used an all-natural cleaning agent before, you know that they often don’t work as well as their chemical-laden counterparts. As such, enzymatic drain cleaners like Sani Sticks might take longer to provide any benefits. On top of this, products like Sani Sticks are often better at preventing clogs from occurring than they are at clearing an already-clogged drain.
Also, due to Sani Sticks’s design and where it lodges in your plumbing, we’d have some concerns that it might actually cause more clogs than it prevents, since material going down your drain might wrap around it and cause a blockage.
Ask yourself this though: Are enzymatic drain cleaners the right choice for you?
When It Comes to Drain Cleaners, You Have Options
As we mentioned above, enzymatic drain cleaners might be cheap and environmentally friendly, but they might not always be the most effective option.
So, if you have an especially tough drain clog on your hands, you might need to resort to more traditional—but much harsher—methods that you’ll find lining the aisles at your local big box retailer. This includes common household names such as Draino, Liquid Plumr, and others.
If you’re looking to avoid chemicals altogether, you might search online for “mechanical drain cleaners,” and you’ll even find dozens of DIY methods you can use to save money, as well as the environment.
Granted, all of these options only address clogs and odors once they occur. But are there any options for preventing clogs and odors in the first place?
Are There Other Ways of Preventing Clogs & Odors?
In short, there are a lot.
To prevent drain clogs, you can use old grease and coffee grounds, baking soda, vinegar ice cubes, or even just run hot water down the drain every time you use your sink.
Similarly, to prevent odors from occurring, you can also pour a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and citrus rinds down your drain. You can also just make sure than the p-trap for your drain is always full of water. Otherwise, you might have stinky sewer gasses making their way back up your drain and causing a foul odor.
Before we move on to Sani Sticks’s pricing, let’s first talk about the company who manufactures it.
Who Makes Sani Sticks?
Among nearly 100 HighYa reader reviews for these products, they have an average rating of 2 stars, with common complaints citing failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and difficult customer service experiences.
Despite these concerns, Hampton Direct had a B+ rating with the Better Business Bureau based on 118 closed complaints (as of 8/6/15). Most of these appeared to reference order totals that were higher than expected (additional products added to orders, cards charged without processing an order, etc.), and difficulty obtaining refunds.
Now, let’s find out how much Sani Sticks will set you back.
Sani Sticks Pricing & Refund Policy
Four packages of Sani Sticks (48 individual sticks) are priced at $10 plus $11.98 S&H (yes, you read that right!).
Sani Sticks come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. Important note: This means you’ll likely lose 50% more in non-refundable S&H charges than you’ll ultimately receive as a refund.
Despite this, if you’d still like to return your Sani Sticks, you’ll need to contact customer service at 844-229-0762.
Now, let’s wrap everything up.
Is Sani Sticks Your Best Option for a Clean, Odor-Free Drain?
As you can see, there’s no one way to prevent clogs and unwanted drain odors, so you might have to go through some trial and error before finding a solution that meets your needs.
Even if you understand that you want to stick with an enzymatic drain cleaner though, keep in mind that the are hundreds available from dozens of different manufacturers—many of which are less expensive than Sani Sticks, especially considering its high, non-refundable S&H charges. In fact, you’ll almost certainly be able to find a couple options at local retailers.
Considering this, we might recommend exploring local options before placing your Sani Sticks order.
23 out 26 people found this review helpful
I thought Sani Sticks would be the greatest thing invented. I realized, however, that they are actually stopping my drain up because all they do is collapse and curl up like a little snake and stay in the bottom of my drain. I've been putting one down for about six months, and well, today, when I took my piping apart, there's six sticks still intact and caught in my drain. Besides that, all they did was make my drain almost completely charcoal black.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
4 out 10 people found this review helpful
The Sani Sticks work great. Would use them again and again if I needed to.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
38 out 53 people found this review helpful
Sani Stik Ripoff
I bought a pack and dropped one in a drain that had an odor and a week later nothing changed. Put a piece of PVC on an elbow to simulate drain trap. It appears that after they get wet they get soft and collapse and as soon as you run water the go straight down the drain. Doesn't take long to collapse so there's no way they could last a month in the trap. Total rip off.
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Jun 18, 2017
I think you made a typo there, you mean you would not recommend it, correct?
153 out 160 people found this review helpful
Did not work
I tried these for my bath tub which gets clogged a lot. It only made it worse. Not worth buying!
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
216 out 222 people found this review helpful
Did absolutely nothing
These sticks did nothing to clear drain and gave no clean scent what so ever. I wound up putting 3 sticks in several drains and nothing helped. A complete waste.
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Feb 7, 2016
I never even got them and got overcharged at $40. What a cheat.