Green Gobbler is a pre-packaged drain cleaner the makers promise is eco-friendly and has EPA-approved ingredients that will eat through hair and other gunk that clog your pipes. They instruct you to pour in the package, add hot water, and your drain will work “as good as new.”

But is this Green Gobbler really a special way to clear clogs? And what about Telebrands, the company behind this product? Let’s clear and clean up some of the mysteries behind both, shall we?

The Green Gobbler Pitch

Green Gobbler is championed by Anthony Sullivan, a professional pitchman, who, in fact, starred in the reality series PitchMen. Anthony shows you (us) how easy it is to use Green Gobbler to unclog drains by pouring a package into a clear plastic tube, which is supposed to represent a drain, filled with a bunch of gross stuff. After adding hot water, you (we) watch as Anthony explains the “proprietary formula” eats through the gunky mess.

How Green Gobbler Works

Anthony (and Telebrands) don’t specifically tell you what’s in those Green Gobbler packages except to say it’s eco-friendly, safe, and can be used on all types of pipes. To use it, they say to pour one package into the clogged drain, be it a toilet, tub, or sink. Follow that up with some hot water and they claim stuff like hair, paper, feminine products, grease, and other gunk will be dissolved and “eaten up” by the Green Gobbler; however, they do not give a specific timetable for this to happen.

Green Gobbler Costs HOW Much?

$16.99 for 3 packs ($10 plus $6.99 S&H) which breaks down to $5.60 each. If you opt to double your order, pay an additional $6.99 for a total of $23.98 which works out as $3.99 each.

The Green Gobbler FINE PRINT

Telebrands says they offer a “100% Satisfaction Guarantee” but a click on their Returns Policy page reveals:

  • They only accept returns on consumable (meaning you use it up) products if they are unopened. Therefore, if you try to use the product, you cannot get your money back even if it doesn’t work.
  • If you do return it unopened, you must still provide a written explanation saying why you don’t want it.
  • Even if they accept your return, you still only get back your initial $10.

Bottom Line: Is Green Gobbler a Scam?

In addition to the aforementioned fine print, there are a few other things we think you should keep in mind.

  • You can make an “eco-friendly” drain opener yourself with baking soda, vinegar, and water by trying this recipe.
  • Stubborn clogs may need to be snaked by a professional plumber.
  • You should try to prevent future clogs by following these steps.
  • Telebrands recently (as of August 2014) lost their BBB accreditation and their A- rating and now have an F.

Let us know what you think! Did you buy Green Gobbler and was it a drain opener or did it just drain your WALLET?

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