Toilet clogs or overflows are usually the result of some kind of blockage or fault with the float mechanism which controls the water flow. While a plunger is the most popular way to dislodge the blockage, there can be times when a plunger is not available or does not work. In these cases, the clog needs to be removed by some other technique. Knowing how to unclog a toilet when a plunger does not work will save you a lot of hassle and headache.
There are a few different ways to unclog a toilet without a plunger. Among these methods, those requiring the addition of hot water into the toilet bowl will only work when the toilet bowl is not too full to begin with.
The basic method to unclog a toilet without a plunger involves using very hot water from the bathroom sink, bathtub, or freshly-boiled kettle. Flushing hot water down the toilet bowl will dislodge and rinse out any waste material.
Fill a large pot or bucket with hot water and pour down the toilet bowl. Cover with lid and leave in place for 5-10 minutes. The hot water should work to loosen the blockage and break up the clog. This technique can work for clogs which are not too bad, but a more severe clog may need additional help.
Remove Clogs With Soap
If the blockage is more severe, then treatment will also need more to be more intense. To unclog a toilet with dish soap or any other surfactant, squeeze several squirts of dish liquid or soap into the toilet bowl and follow with a bucket full of hot water. Leave in place for about 20 minutes and then flush the toilet.
Since soap is denser and heavier than water, it will drop to the bottom of the bowl and seep into the clog. The cleaning action of the surfactant will work in the same way as washing dishes where it dissolves grease and breaks up the fat inside the clog.
Where dish washing liquid may not be available, other options like shampoo or even cut up pieces of bar soap can work.
Vinegar and Baking Soda Clog Removal
To unclog a toilet with baking soda, pair up common kitchen ingredients like baking soda with vinegar and hot water. The chemical reaction created by mixing baking soda and vinegar is known to be a popular cleaning hack around the house and can also be used for de-clogging purposes.
To proceed, pour one cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl followed by one cup of white vinegar. Leave in place for a few minutes and then pour a kettle of hot water into the bowl.
‘Toilet Bomb’ Clog Removal
To handle a more severe clog, try using the ‘toilet bomb’ clog removal method. This method to unclog a toilet without a plunger involves using a mixture of two cups baking soda and a quarter cup of Epsom salt dissolved gradually into 8-9 tablespoons of liquid dish detergent.
Gently press the mixture into muffin tin slots lined with parchment paper. Leave in place overnight and drop one in the toilet bowl in the morning. Pour in one liter of water into the bowl and let sit for a few hours before flushing.
Hanger Clog Removal
Another hack to unclog a toilet with waste in it is to use a wire hanger to remove the blockage. To proceed, start by cutting the wire hanger and straightening it as much as possible. It is recommended to use a hanger with plastic coating or the wire may mar the toilet bowl.
Put on a pair of protective rubber gloves and stick the straightened end of the hanger into the toilet bowl. Maneuver the hanger around the bowl to work the clog and break up any waste material. Pull out the hanger and flush the toilet.
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