How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

Most homeowners (and even renters!) can agree that it’s always good to have a plunger around. Even if your home was built with state-of-the-art plumbing, mistakes happen and you want to be prepared. In the rare instance that you find yourself in a bathroom without a plunger, what do you even do? Can you remedy the situation without leaving an unmentionable surprise for the rest of your house? Yes, you can. Thankfully, there are a few popular methods for clearing the toilet without using a plunger.

4 Ways to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

Method #1: Hot Water & Dish Soap

Locate a bucket or large tub. Fill it with hot water from the sink (just make sure it’s not boiling!) and pour it into the toilet bowl. Add dish soap and let it sit. The hot water and dish soap combination should help break down any unmentionables in your bowl in a half hour or more.

Method #2: Wire Hanger

Don’t want to wait? If your toilet is mostly clogged by paper, you can try using a wire hanger. Unwind it and stick it into the bowl to break up any solids manually. Avoid uncoated wire hangers as they might scratch your toilet bowl and leave unsightly marks.

Method #3: Toilet Brush

Own a toilet brush? Use it in the same manner as a plunger to assist your situation. Holding the handle, forcefully plunge the toilet. After a few pokes, you should be free and clear.

Method #4: Bleach & Dish Detergent

If all else fails, turn to strong chemicals like bleach and dish detergent to get the job done. Pour one to two cups of bleach into the bowl, then add dish detergent (preferably powder, but liquid detergent works, too!). Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes, then flush.

Sometimes these methods work as a quick fix. Other times, you can find yourself in a bit of a mess. For major toilet clogs from foreign objects or repeated wear and tear, you may need the assistance of a professional plumber—in Denver, call Good Guys Home Services.

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