No Plunger? No Problem! Other Effective Ways to Unclog a Toilet

Unclogging the ToiletOh no, your toilet’s backed up again! What should you do if there’s no plunger available?

Don’t panic. While using a plunger is the most common way of unclogging a toilet, there are other ways to get your toilet to work properly. Your kind plumbing contractors can give you tips on fixing a simple clogged toilet by yourself.

Are you ready to be a DIY plumber? Check out these methods in unclogging your toilet:

Using Dishwashing Liquid

Start by squirting a generous amount of dishwashing liquid into the toilet bowl. Once done, you “activate” the dishwashing liquid by pouring in hot (but not boiling) water. The fat inside the clog should break down and cause the water to flow normally. Wait at least 20 minutes before flushing.

Using Baking Soda and Vinegar

If dishwashing liquid does not work out, try using baking soda and vinegar. The recipe calls for a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar. Start by pouring the baking soda into the bowl, followed by the vinegar. You should see the fizz right away.

How will the fizz clean the toilet? The chemical reaction will attempt to knock off the blockage in the toilet. Once the fizz is completely gone, pour in hot water into the bowl then wait at least 20 minutes before flushing.

Using a Vacuum Cleaner

Do you have a wet/dry vacuum cleaner lying around? You can suck the water (and the clog along with it) using the wet/dry vacuum cleaner. Stick the hose a couple of inches into the drain. Make sure that you surround the drain with old towels to create a seal.

If everything is set, turn on the vacuum cleaner to suck out the clog.

When all else fails, contact your plumber right away. Attempting to fix the clogged toilet any further may permanently damage it so it’s best if you leave the major plumbing problems to the professionals.