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Let’s agree- we’ve all been in the same situation at some point when the toilet is clogged and a plunger just isn’t helping. 

A clogged toilet can spell disaster if it eventually overflows- a mess that no one wants to even go near, let alone clean up. But before you call in your trusted plumber, there are a few methods you can try to get it unclogged. 

Of course, a clogged toilet can strike at any time, so these methods only use things that you can find around the house right away. Keep these tips and tricks at the back of your mind to remain prepared the next time you run into a clogged toilet. 

With all said and done, let’s start!

6 Ways To Unclog A Toilet 

1. Dish Soap 

Although it may not seem like it, dish soap is incredibly handy at breaking down more than just food. This slippery substance can not only clear out the pipes but can also lubricate them to allow the clog to pass through easier. 

In order to unclog a toilet with dish soap, squeeze out about 1/4th of a cup into the toilet bowl and allow it to soak in. After around five to ten minutes, the soap should slowly make its way towards the clogged pipe. 

Next, pour in some hot water to break down the clogged material itself, let it sit for a few more minutes and press the flush. The combination of hot water and soap will get things moving smoothly in no time, but you may need to flush more than once, depending on the intensity of the clog.

Removing Toilet Blockage With Dish Soap

2. Hot Water

Clogs usually happen when there is a buildup of too much material in the pipes. A popular and quick fix is to simply pour hot water into the toilet bowl and allow the heat to break down this material. 

Fill a bucket or container with some hot water, but remember that the water shouldn’t be boiling. You just need the water to be hot enough to break down whatever is causing the clog. Pour it into the toilet bowl, allow it to sit for some time, and see if the water level goes down. 

When the water begins draining down to the normal level, it means the clog has been removed. Flush the toilet a couple of times to ensure the pipes are completely free of any material, and you have successfully unclogged the toilet!

3. Baking Soda And Vinegar 

Who would have thought that a sixth-grade science project would also be able to unclog a toilet in a pinch? Instead of creating a volcano, this baking soda and vinegar mixture will work together to loosen up the clog in almost no time. 

As this method creates quite a bit of a chemical reaction, it is recommended to use it in a toilet bowl that is not too full. If it is close to the point of overflowing, try to remove some of the clog manually (gross, we know), or you may have a bit of an overflow. 

Mix one cup of baking soda and vinegar each near the source of the clog and allow the reaction to take place. The bubbles created by the reaction will break down the clog. Give the mix about 30 minutes to do its job, then follow it up with some hot water. 

4. DIY Drano Bomb

Drano is a popular choice to use when it comes to breaking clogs. This potent soap mixture clears hair and any other material that could potentially block the drains. However, having access to some Drano is not always possible, so instead, we will make our own version of it. 

First, mix together two cups of baking soda, eight to ten tablespoons of dish detergent (one tablespoon at a time), and 1/4th of a cup of Epsom salt. Once all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed together, pour them into a moulding tray to harden overnight. 

To use the DIY Drano bomb, simply drop one into the toilet bowl with four cups of water. Let it sit and break down into the drain to begin the unclogging process. After a few hours, the soap bomb should have broken down enough to remove the clog.

5. DIY Drain Snake And Brushing 

Drain snakes are a handy tool that is just a tad bit better at unclogging toilets than a standard plunger. However, these tools are very specific in their function and are used almost exclusively by plumbers. For a quick fix, you can fashion your own drain snake at home using a wire coat hanger. 

Turning a coat hanger into a drain snake is an incredibly straightforward process. Unwind the hanger until it is straight, leaving the hook intact on one end. Using a small rag, tie off the hook to protect the pipes and bowl from any scratches, and your drain snake is ready. 

Unclogging a blocked toilet with a drain snake is pretty simple and quick. Of course, the first step should be to wear a good pair of safety gloves. Then, work the drain snake down the pipe until you reach the clogged area. Work it around until the water begins to drain, then give it a few flushes to thoroughly wash away the loosened up material. 

Another method that involves some physical work is using a simple toilet brush to unclog the pipes. This method takes no time or prep at all; simply angle the bristles along the edges of the pipe and work your way into the bowl. 

Once you find the source of the clog, move the brush back and forth to break up the material until the water begins draining. Although this method alone is not always enough to completely clear up the blockage, it can still help loosen up at least a part of the clog. And as long as the water is moving through the pipes, the material can be flushed down the drain. 

Clearing Toilet Blockage With Toilet Brush

6. Vacuuming

When everything else fails, the final method you can try is to break out the heavy-duty guns, a.k.a., the vacuum cleaner. A word of precaution: standard vacuum cleaners will break down or even cause injury if used to unclog a toilet. Wet/dry vacuum cleaners are always the way to go when any liquids are involved. 

Although using a vacuum may seem like overkill, remember that the clog has been able to withstand all your efforts so far. To prepare the bowl for vacuuming, drain it so the vacuum will suck just the blocked material. 

Next, take the hose of the vacuum and wrap it with a rag or towel and push it into the drain. This creates a tight seal that will allow the hose to pull with even more force. Turn on the vacuum, and it will begin sucking the material out until the drain is unclogged. 

Methods To Prevent Clogged Toilets

Unclogging a toilet is well and good, but how would you prevent it from happening in the first place? These are a few common reasons for a clogged toilet in many households. 

Cleaning Toilet Seat With Sponge

1. Toilet Paper

Using too much toilet paper can block the pipes, even if they are made from a flushable material. Although it may break down quickly, toilet paper can cause a build-up and clog it further when there is a pre-existing blockage. 

2. Toilet Fresheners

Toilet fresheners that are placed inside the bowl or over the toilet’s rim often break down and fall into the pipe over time. To avoid this, opt for a freshener that goes in the tank of the toilet instead. This way, there is no chance for it to get into the drains. 

There are also many other ways to avoid a smelly toilet or drain without risking blockages.

Time To Unblock Your Toilet!

Clogged toilets can be a pain to deal with, especially stubborn blockages that simply refuse to get unstuck. Hopefully, you are now better equipped to deal with this problem the next time it pops up. 

Plungers are by no means an obsolete tool, but they may simply not be enough at times, or the specific unclogging plunger may not be available. This is why having multiple options available is so important in getting a fix when all else fails. 

As always, remember to wear safety gloves when working with any of these methods. After all, no one wants to handle sewage water without some form of protection. If these DIY methods are still not working, it is best to find a plumber to professionally remove the clog.

With that, we will wrap up today’s guide. Until next time, take care! May your toilets never be blocked!

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