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Unclog a Toilet Without A Plunger

Salt Lake City Plumber

Blog Highlights

  • The first thing to do is to shut off the water supply to your toilet
  • If it’s still clogged, pour one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar into the toilet
  • If you can’t reach the debris that’s causing the clog, it may be time to call a professional

It’s bound to happen at some point. The toilet clogs and you don’t have a plunger. The first thing you should do is shut off the water supply to your toilet. This will prevent any unnecessary and undesirable overflow. The second thing you should do is make a mental note to stop by your local hardware store in Salt Lake City or Park City and buy a plunger for the next time it clogs!

Once the water is shut off, there are a few things you can do to unclog your toilet without a plunger. If you’re wondering how to unclog a toilet without a plunger look no further.

If the toilet was overflowing, manually remove some of the water to make room for whatever blockage is on its way back into the toilet. Then, use a few squirts of shampoo or dish soap in the toilet bowl to help lubricate the pipes and ease the flow. Poor a gallon or so of very hot, but not boiling, water into the toilet bowl. It’s important that the water is not too hot. If it’s too hot it could crack the porcelain toilet bowl. Wait a few minutes. Ideally, the hot water will break up the solids and toilet paper and the soap will help it down the pipes. Try flushing the toilet. If it is still clogged. Repeat with the soap and hot water.

If it’s still clogged, pour one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar into the toilet. The mixture should bubble and fizz and help things move along. If the toilet remains clogged even after the baking soda and vinegar, you may try using a wire coat hanger. Unwind the hanger so it resembles a long stick. Tie a rag to one end so it doesn’t scratch the porcelain of the toilet bowl. Use the hanger to stir up or push the debris down the pipe. Twist the wire and use circular motions to clear the obstruction. If you can’t reach the debris that’s causing the clog, it may be time to run out and buy a plunger or call in a professional plumber.

Do you have a stubborn, clogged toilet? Call us today!