How To Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger

Posted on: 27 July 2020

Plungers are cheap to buy, convenient to store, and easy to operate. Unfortunately, they don't always do the job. The simple up-and-down plunging action is effective for removing small, inconvenient clogs, but if you're finding yourself constantly having to plunger your toilet, the problem may be much larger than just one clog. Instead, you should try a few different methods before you call a plumber, like the ones outlined below.

Wire Hanger

Sometimes, the best solution is also the easiest. If you've got a wire hanger sitting around, bend it into a long snake and fold one end over to create a small hook. Reach that end down into the drain and poke around to see if you dislodge any stubborn clogs. If you can, hook it with the end of the hanger and remove the clump completely.

Hot Water

Another approach is to take a pot of hot water (not boiling, or else you may crack the porcelain or burn someone), and pour it directly into the bowl. Make sure you bail out enough water so that the toilet - and whatever else is inside the toilet - doesn't overflow and spill all over you, and try to pour it from waist level so that it doesn't splash. With any luck, the hot water will dislodge the clog and force it down the drain. If you want to really supercharge your efforts with hot water, pour half a cup of dish soap into the water to help lubricate the pipes and let the clog slide right out.

Toilet Brush

If time is of the essence, and you're willing to risk getting a little dirty, you can always grab the nearby toilet brush and use it as an impromptu plunger. Angle the bristles down the drain and pump up and down several times to try and force the clog out. Alternatively, you could don some rubber gloves and use your own hands to reach for the clog, but that could get a little....messy.

Toilet Bomb

If all else fails and you really don't want to call a plumber, you can always put on an apron and make a batch of toilet bombs. Combine the following ingredients into a mixing bowl: 1/4 cup Epsom salt, 8-10 tablespoons of dish detergent (one tablespoon added at a time), and two cups of baking soda. Pour the mixture in a muffin pan and let it harden overnight. In the morning, drop one into the bowl along with four cups of water and let it sit. Check back after a few hours and hopefully, you'll have an unclogged toilet!

To learn more information, reach out to a plumbing contractor near you for help.