How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

No matter who you are or where you live, we all have at least one thing in common. We’ve all clogged a toilet at some point in our lives. We understand that plumbing maintenance can truly be a pain. Now, what makes it even worse is if you’re in a home with no plungers.

Lucky for you, there are many alternative methods to fixing unclog a toilet without a plunger. If you do not have a plunger handy, take a look at our preferred methods to unclogging your toilet today.

Use Dish Soap and Hot Water

Toilets work because of gravity. Water is pulled down the drain through a push and the of that water flushes everything away.

When faced with a toilet that will not flush and the prospect of no plunger, start with some hot water. Be sure to empty as much cold, standing water as you can.

Then fill a pot with some hot water and dump it down the toilet. Sometimes the hot water alone is enough to loosen what may be clogging the drain.

If simply hot water isn’t doing the trick, grab your nearest bottle of dish soap. Begin with one cup of dish soap and add it directly to the toilet bowl. Allow the detergent to sit for around 30 minutes. The detergent will act as a lubricant as it slides between the toilet walls and the blockage.

Once the detergent is allowed to sit for a time, pour another batch of hot water down the toilet. This should cut through the blockage.

Try Baking Soda and Vinegar

Another way to try and breakup anything clogging your toilet is with baking soda and vinegar. These two pantry staples can be used for a number of things, including breaking up any backups in your drains.

To start, remove as much standing water from the bowl as you can. Then, pour one cup of baking soda directly down the toilet’s drain. Follow that with two cups of white vinegar. Let everything bubble and sit for about an hour.

After an hour try to flush the toilet. For smaller clogs, it should flush well. However, if you’re dealing with anything bigger it might be time for a plunger or a plumber.

Use a Brush if You Don’t Have a Plunger

If you have no plunger handy and are in a tight spot, attempt removing the clog by utilizing a toilet brush. Simply angle the bristles down the drain, pumping up and down two to three times.

Then attempt to flush the toilet. Just be careful not to use a brush that could scratch the porcelain of your toilet!

How to Prevent a Toilet Clog

Now that we have taken a look at alternative ways to unclog your toilet, let’s consider ways to prevent those clogs in the first place.

The best way to make sure a clog doesn’t happen is to watch what you put down the toilet. We’ve seen some clients use their toilet as a trash can. Try to avoid putting dental floss, cotton swabs, cotton balls, diapers, and menstrual products down the toilet. This will be the best way to ensure a clog just doesn’t happen.

If you have attempted to remove the ever-so-annoying toilet clog to little -or no- avail, it is time to call on a plumbing professional. Our plumbing services are backed by our 100% Iron-Clad White Glove Guarantee. Give us a call today!