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7 Clever Toilet Unclogging Techniques

If you don’t have a plunger and your toilet is clogged, get creative. Here’s how to unclog a toilet with household items.

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When Plunging Fails


how to unclog a toilet

It’s never ideal: A quick trip to the toilet and a single flush results in a clogged drain or, worse, a nearly overflowing toilet. If you don’t have a plunger or it doesn’t work, think about other options before calling a plumber. A toilet overflow or clog can be fixed with items already in your bathroom or kitchen cabinets. Learn how to unclog a clogged toilet (and be sure to wear protective gloves).



how to unclog a toilet

If you notice a nasty clog, fill a pan with hot water. Heat it on the stove or in the sink, but don’t let it boil. Pour it down the drain and wait a few minutes to see if it works. If the water starts to drain, your efforts were successful. Then flush the toilet. The hot water often breaks up whatever is causing the backup.

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how to unclog a toilet

If the toilet is still clogged, get some dish soap from the kitchen and squirt it into the bowl. Allow the soap 5-10 minutes to move down the drain and reach the clog. Then fill the bowl with hot (not boiling) water and let it sit. In most cases, the dish soap will act as a lubricant, clearing the clog in the toilet drain.

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Fix Fizzy


how to unclog a toilet

It’s time to apply your elementary science knowledge! If your toilet bowl is already full, either empty it or prepare for an overflow. Next, flush the toilet with 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar. The natural chemical reaction between vinegar and baking soda will loosen the clog. After 30 minutes, flush it with hot water to see if it drains. If so, you’re set. If not, repeat the process.

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Brush War


how to unclog a toilet

If you’re really stuck and there’s no way to get a plunger, angle a toilet brush down the drain. A few pumps up and down should be enough to loosen up the clog. (Here are our recommended plungers for your next clog.)

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Hanger’s Aid


how to unclog a toilet

If you don’t have a drain snake, a wire coat hanger from your closet will do. Unwind the hanger so it’s completely straight except for the hook. Then, while wearing rubber gloves, gently angle the hanger down the drain until you find the clog. Then flush the toilet a few times to clear the water.

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Toilet Bomb


how to unclog a toilet

Instead of buying Drano, make your own DIY de-clogger by mixing the following ingredients: 8-10 tablespoons dish detergent, 1/4 cup Epsom salt (add one tablespoon at a time). Pour the mixture into muffin liners and let them dry overnight. Drop one into the toilet bowl the next morning, add four cups of water, and wait a few hours.

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how to unclog a toilet

Finally, rent a wet/dry vacuum from your local hardware store—do not use a regular vacuum. First, use it to empty the bowl. After that, seal the hose with an old rag and insert the wet/dry vacuum into the drain. Vacuuming should remove the clog. Remember the rubber gloves!


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