March 7

No Plunger? 5 Creative Tips for Unclogging Your Toilet


After finishing your business in the toilet, as always, you flush and wait for the bowl to refill.

But this time, the water doesn't go down. You realize the water is just sitting there, and your toilet is clogged. 

Panic starts to set in as you remember that you don't have a plunger. 

What next? Well, don't worry! There are plenty of ways to unclog a toilet without a plunger, and we will look at 5 creative ways to do so.

Pour Some Hot Water

One of the easiest ways to unclog a toilet without a plunger is by adding some hot water.

Allowing the water to boil until it becomes too hot could shatter the porcelain bowl- just make sure it is hot enough to melt any clogs. Fill the toilet bowl with hot water and let it rest for a few minutes.

Then, try flushing again. If the clog is melted, the water will go down normally.

Add Baking Soda and Vinegar

This magic mix can unclog many things, including a clogged toilet.

Pour a cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl and then follow it up with 1/2 cup of vinegar. 

The fizzy reaction between the two will help break down the clog and clean your toilet. Let the mixture sit for about 20 minutes and then flush.

Use Dishwashing Soap and Warm Water

Dishwashing soap and warm water helps to break down the clog and loosen it so that it can be flushed away.

There are two ways you can use this combination to unclog your toilet. 

First, pour the dishwashing soap into the toilet bowl and then add enough warm water to cover the soap. Let it sit for a few minutes and then flush.

If that doesn't work, try mixing 1/4 cup of dishwashing soap with 1 gallon of warm water.

Pour this mixture from the waist level into the toilet and let it sit for about 30 minutes, then flush.

The benefit of pouring the mixture from the waist level is that it will help to create pressure and push the clog down.

DIY Toilet Snake

Even without a plunger in your toilet, you probably have a wire hanger in your closet that you can DIY into a toilet snake.

Take the wire hanger, bend it into a U-shape, and then slowly lower it into the toilet bowl until you touch the clog.

Try to wiggle the hanger back and forth to loosen the clog. Once it is loosened, pull the hanger out and flush. Better yet, you can rent a toilet snake from your local hardware store if you don't want to DIY it.

Use a Toilet Brush

You most probably have a toilet brush that you use to clean the toilet bowl.

Well, it can also be used as a makeshift plunger to unclog the toilet.

Splash some water, preferably hot water, into the toilet bowl and then quickly place the brush over the clog. Push and pull the brush in and out of the hole to create suction.

Once it is loosened, flush, and it will be gone for good.

Call Our Emergency Plumbers

Clogged toilets are a common occurrence, but that doesn't mean you have to deal with them on your own.

Some of the things that can cause your toilet to clog include too much toilet paper, a foreign object such as a toy, or a build-up of wipes.

If all of these creative methods fail, it is time to contact Pro Plumbing experts.

With more than two decades of experience, our professionals know how to handle any plumbing emergency- including clogged toilets. 

Call us today for prompt and professional services.


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