How to Unclog the Toilet, With or Without the Plunger

How to Unclog the Toilet, With or Without the Plunger

Knowing how to unclog your toilet can be a really resourceful skill. Trust me. I know the feeling that comes with having a clogged toilet. This could also lead to an overflow that could stand as a morning household disaster. In another case, you could experience a slow draining or flushing process which can be an indication that something is wrong with your toilet drainage system and you have to act fast.

We will give you tips on how to combat these issues with or without a plunger because, at times, we don’t seem to get a hold of our plunger when we need it most. You can be your family hero by learning how to unclog your toilet fast using simple tricks we are about to show you.

Some methods you can use to unclog your toilet include:

  • Using Baking Soda and Vinegar
  • Using Bleach
  • Using Hot Water and Dish Washer Detergent
  • Using a Wire Cloth Hanger
  • Using a Plunger to Unclog Your Toilet

You can’t be too sure as to whether your toilet is plugged partially or completely. It is important to carry out a simple test to be certain if the issue you are about to combat. Well, for this, you could just test-flush your toilet to know if there is an issue with it or not. You do this by pouring a cup or two cups of water into your toilet and observe the water level in your toilet.

Most clogged toilet cases are usually partial flushing which leaves flush water and waste in the toilet for about 4-5minutes before it drains down. A complete flush issue occurs when your flush water and waste don’t drain out at all, so flushing a completely clogged toilet can cause flooding in your bathroom.

How to Unclog Your Toilet (With or Without the Plunger)

Using Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar can do the trick, simply pour one cup of baking soda into your toilet bowl and then slowly pour one cup of vinegar into the toilet too. The reaction will lighten up the material causing the clog and help you flush easily. This method is used for light clogs.

Using Bleach

Bleach can do a wonderful job of unclogging your toilet.  Pour 2-3 cups of bleach until the toilet. Allow to stand for about 10 minutes. Finally, flush to check for progress. Click here for other cleaning hacks with bleach.

Using a Wire Cloth Hanger

Get a cloth hanger and straighten it. Put the straightened hanger into the toilet, turning and moving it around to break up the clog. Afterward, flush the toilet.

Using Hot Water and Dish Washer Detergent

This method helps to break up the clogging material and make flushing easy, it can be used before plunging because it makes plunging easy. Pour hot water into your toilet and allow to sit for some minutes then add the detergent mildly then flush, It will do the magic.

Using a Plunger to Unclog Your Toilet

Over 90% of clogged toilet issues can be resolved using a plunger, so it is important to get one in your home. Get a plunger that has an extension flange on the rubber bell-shaped end. The flange is designed to fit the toilet better. You can also use a plunger for your sinks and tubs but take note there are different plungers designed for specific purposes.

N.B: Ensure you put on gloves as it could get messy.

  • Fill your toilet bowl with water that is enough to submerge the head of the plunger
  • When you make your first plunge, do that gently to avoid splashing water all over your bathroom floor and reduces the plunging force due to the air on the flange bell.
  • Fit the cup over the toilet’s drain hole so the flange is inside the hole and the cup forms a complete seal around the outside of the hole.
  •  Once the air is out you can now plunge vigorously maintaining the seal, doing this effectively remove clogs.
  • Continue to plunge 15-20 minutes in the same manner if necessary. The aim here is to create rapid alternating forces of compression and suction in the toilet drain. If your pushing energy seems to be blowing out the side of the cup rather than down into the hole, you don’t have a proper seal. Reposition the cup and try again.
  • Finally, flush your toilet. If it goes down smoothly, you have done a great job but if not, open your tank lid from your toilet and locate your flapper which is your emergency water shut off to avoid an overflow.

Using a Toilet Snake or Auger

Majority of the time , this is all it takes to unclog your toilet but if after the procedure mentioned above , there is no change,  get a toilet snake, this tool helps remove tough clogs in toilets. It is a  long wire coil with a corkscrew-like tip that you feed into your pipes until it encounters the clog. It is important to learn how to use a toilet snake.

How to Use a Toilet Snake

Let’s assume you have your gloves  and get right into details;

Firstly, you have to turn the snake clockwise to ensure the tip screes through the clog and breaks it, again to ensure that the debris winds in the tip and you are able to pull it out. It’s that simple. All toilet snakes are designed to remove any kind of debris or clog.

Performing a Toilet Surgery

If after all this, you can’t seem to solve the toilet problem you will have to have a major toilet surgery by pulling up the toilet. This is tedious and time-consuming because you have to unhook the water system, disassemble and unscrew the toilet from its ring but be rest assured you can get at the problem. Again, you will have to get a new wash ring and mounting bolts to seal the toilet back to its mounting ring.

Again , it could also mean that the problem is from the drainage pipe. You can assume this if other drainage pipe in your house is leaking out water when you flush your toilet. In this case, you will need the services of a plumber. They can get your drainage system wortking in no time

Toilet Do’s and Don’ts

Always Keep the Toilet Cover Down

This should be so especially if you have kids. Kids can be mischievous and can do things like throwing stuff like toys, face towels, or even their shoes into the toilet. Teach your kids to use the toilet.

Observe Regular and Proper Cleaning

It is wise to clean your toilet on a regular basis to avoid build-up. So have it as a discipline.

Don’t Overuse Toilet Paper.

Stuffing your toilet with too much toilet paper can cause it to get clogged. You don’t need an entire roll to clean yourself up. Be frugal with your toilet paper.

Don’t Dispose Things in Your Toilet.

Your toilet is not a garbage disposal. Apart from feces and toilet paper, every other item like cotton balls, facial tissue, bandage, etc. should be disposed of in the waste bin. Always retrieve such materials from your toilet before flushing.

Avoid Flushing Hazardous Liquids Down Your Toilet.

Liquids like chemicals, paints, and oil should not be disposed into the toilet. These chemicals can cause further damage by reacting with the drainage pipes while oils can clog the pipes

Things You’ll Need to Unclog Your Toilet

It is very important to be ready at all times, having your toilet tools at home is not a bad idea, we can’t seem to tell when the bad day will be, so be prepared. Get yourself these:

  • A Toilet plunger
  • A Toilet snake  or auger
  • Hand gloves
  • A surfactant
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda


Will a toilet eventually unclog itself?

Toilets work with the force of gravity and so it can unclog itself over time. Flush the clogged toilet with a bowl of water and allow overnight it as long as you can. Then try to flush again.

Can bleach unclog a toilet?

Yes it can, simply pour about 3 cups into the toilet and allow to stand for Bout 10 minutes before flushing.

How do you unclog a toilet naturally?

You do this by pouring a cup of baking soda into the clogged toilet and slowly pouring vinegar into the same toilet. This is a supple way to unclog tour toilet.

How do you unclog a toilet when water level is high?

You can unclog a toilet with a high water level by reducing the content into a bucket using a small cup or bowl until the water come down and won’t cause splashes during plunging.

Is it ok to pour boiling water into the toilet?

Using boiling water can damage your toilet bowl ,so it is advised to use an under booking water to unclog your toilet.

How much does it cost to unblock a toilet?

On a national  average, it can cost about $160, but this is dependent on the complications your  clogged toilet might have but be sure it’s worth it.

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