How to Unclog Your Toilet Without a Plunger or Crazy Chemicals
If you are reading this, you're probably frustrated that your toilet decided to clog up on you today. Perhaps you don't have a plunger and you're in quite a jam.
Or, maybe you have a plunger and it's just not getting the job done. You've plunged, plunged, and plunged some more, but to no avail. Shouldn't unclogging your toilet be easier than this? Don't fret, I have the solution for you.
- Large pot
- Liquid dish soap
How to Plunge a Toilet Without a Plunger
- Boil a large pot of water.
- Pour dish soap into clogged toilet.
- After water reaches boiling point, pour into toilet bowl.
- Flush toilet.
1. Boil a Big Pot of Water
Firstly, go to the kitchen. Grab one of your biggest pots, fill it up with water, throw it on the stove, and get it boiling (you should put a lid on it, as the water will boil much faster that way). This is the first key to the trick.
2. Squirt Liquid Detergent in the Toilet Bowl
I'll assume you have a bottle of liquid dish soap. This is the second key to unclogging your toilet using regular household items.
Take the bottle back to the bathroom and squirt it liberally into the bowl. You don't need to empty half of the bottle, but get a decent amount of it all around the inside of the bowl. The dish soap should sink to the bottom of the toilet.
The idea behind this is that the detergent should grease the pipes, allowing the toilet paper to slide down and unclogging the toilet. Depending on the severity of the clog, you may need to let the dish soap soak for 20-30 minutes.
Tip: If you don't have access to dish soap, liquid hand soap or shampoo will also work for this unclogging method.
3. Slowly Pour Hot Water Into Toilet
Now, back to the pot of water. Hopefully, it has begun to boil—if not, then just wait for it. Once it has reached the boiling point, take the water to your clogged toilet. You may want to transfer the hot water to a smaller container in order to minimize splashing.
Tip: Depending on the severity of the clog, you may have to let the dish soap soak for up to 20-30 minutes to help break up the clogged materials.
Now, very slowly and carefully, pour the water into the bowl. You'll want to do this as slowly and smoothly as possible, so as to avoid making a potentially very messy situation even messier.
4. Flush and Be Relieved
If things worked out the right way, the liquid dish soap acted as a lubricant so the stuff that clogged the pipes was able to slide on down.
The hot water helped to break up the toilet paper and flushed everything out, slipping down through the pipes with the aid of the dish soap.
Once the toilet water starts going down a bit, you'll know it worked. Flush when you think there is minimal risk of overflowing.
If It Didn't Work, Do It Again
If you still have a clogged toilet, don't give up. Depending on the extent of the "situation", you may have to repeat the steps above once or twice. You may also want to use something, like a coat hanger, to gently prod the clog and ease its passage down the pipes.
Use This Trick for Your Shower, Too (After Plunging)
While we're at it, if you have a backed-up bathtub or shower drain, you can do the same trick. Actually, you may want first try your plunger on your bathtub drain.
Of course, you will need to disinfect your plunger, then give it a series of strong plunges over the drain cover. You may have just had a hairball stuck in there that needs to be loosened up.
If that doesn't do the trick, try the magic liquid dish soap/boiling hot water trick. Now you should be ready to enjoy your bathroom to its fullest extent!
Other Methods of Unclogging a Toilet
While dish soap is a common household item, there are times you may want to investigate other methods of unclogging your toilet. Here are a few ideas:
Baking Soda & Vinegar
Combining these two ingredients generates a fizzing reaction that can help unclog a plugged toilet. Pour equal parts of baking soda and vinegar into the toilet, then follow it with boiling water after allowing the two ingredients to work together for several minutes.
Another unclogging technique involves covering the toilet's opening with two layers of plastic wrap and flushing. After you flush, slowly push down on the plastic wrap, which should have ballooned up due to pressure from the flush. The suction generated by the flush should help to ease the clog down the drain.
It might be gross but if you don't have a plunger, sometimes a toilet brush can do the trick! Use it to physically break up the source of the clog and then flush the debris down the toilet.