How To Unclog A ToiletInformation on Clearing Toilets and Other Drains in the Home

How to Unclog a Toilet When You Don't Have a Plunger

Learn about using everyday household items and chemicals to clear your clogged toilet

A clogged toilet shouldn't be the end of the world, even if your home is unprepared and doesn't own a proper plunger or drain snake. Most everyday toilet clogs can be cleared without tools or harsh chemicals. Read on for several options for busting apart even stubborn clogs.

  • Waiting Out a Clogged Toilet

    Waiting Out a Clogged Toilet

    Give clogs time to soften up before clearing

    It can be unpleasant to discuss, but most clogs blocking up household bathroom toilets are composed of pretty similar stuff. Knowing what your problem is can make the difference for success using the wait it out method. You shouldn’t re-flush a clogged toilet, because of the chance of overflow onto the floor, but with a little smarts and patience, a flush may be all that is required.

  • Using Dish Cleaner to Unclog a Toilet

    Using Dish Cleaner to Unclog a Toilet

    Soften stubborn clogs before breaking them apart

    Most toilet clogs will consist of waste material and a large portion of bathroom tissue. When this is the case, you can very often clear the clog without needing tools such as plungers or drain augers.

  • Using Hot Water to Unclog a Toilet

    Using Hot Water to Clear a Clogged Toilet

    Soften clogs using hot water before flushing them away

    When a toilet is blocked by excessive toilet tissue, a combination of patience and tenacity can often be applied to allow things to clear on their own.

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