It should go without saying that toilet clogs are an annoyance to nearly anyone that has ever used a restroom.
We recommend having at least two plungers on hand, but what if you’re in a home that doesn’t have any plungers at all? Lucky for you, there are some incredibly effective ways to unclog a toilet without a plunger. Here are some of our favorite methods.
Use Dish Soap and Hot Water
Oftentimes, the culprit of a clog is too much toilet paper or another object that got put down the toilet. Other times you may have kids who get excited about throwing anything they can find down the toilet, hence the only reason car keys end up in the toilet.
If you don’t have a plunger in your house, the next best thing is to clear some space down there to pry out the junk with other means. This starts with using some soap, preferably dish soap because of its ability to act as a detergent and break down particles so that they can be flushed out.
Along with your soap, pour a pot of hot water down the toilet. The hot water will help dislodge any existing blockages. Also, make sure you use a bucket to take some of the already existing water out of the toilet before trying this method. Adding more water to your already-clogged toilet can cause overflow.
Try Baking Soda and Vinegar
This is a great method that uses two pantry staples. Baking soda and vinegar will add the extra amount of carbonation and fizz that can push the clogged particles out of your toilet.
Any brand of vinegar and baking soda will do, just make sure you bucket out the excess water in the toilet beforehand so that there is no overflowing once you put the bubble inducing substances down the toilet.
Use a Brush if you Don’t Have a Plunger
No matter what you put down the toilet, you are going to need to think about using some sort of physical device to unjam the clog in some way. If you do not have a plunger, use a brush or using some sort of rod, long stick, or other object to put down the toilet and pound out the mess.
One of the hallmarks of plumbing maintenance is making sure that whatever you choose to fix the problem does not exacerbate it even more. Talk to someone more knowledgeable than you if you need help deciding what to stick down the toilet to unclog the mess.
Don’t Flush what Doesn’t Belong in Your Toilet
Most of us have put something down the toilet before that should have gone in the recycling or in a landfill. Sometimes it can just be really tempting to use the toilet as a catchall for small objects like cotton swabs, bandages, and toothpicks, but all of these things can add up and clog the toilet in the long run.
To make sure that you put yourself at the least amount of risk for a clog, never put anything down the toilet except for toilet paper and human waste. Not even paper towels will do, because they do not dissolve like toilet paper is designed to.
Call a Plumber if You Can’t Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger
It can be a hit to your ego to think that you need to call a plumber just to unclog a toilet, but that’s what we’re here for!
If you’ve tried these methods and your toilet still won’t unclog, give us a call and let us know how we can help.