Life Hacks

6 Genius (And Easy) Ways To Unclog Your Toilet Without A Plunger

February 15th, 2018

A clogged toilet is definitely in the top three worst things to deal with in life. Okay, we might be exaggerating a bit, but a clogged toilet is undeniably horrible. Thankfully, these home hacks make unclogging a toilet super easy.

Is your toilet clogged but you don’t have a plunger? No problem! These 6 hacks will help you unclog it in no time.

Next time you have that a clog just can’t be flushed – try these easy hacks to help prevent a big mess or bathroom flooding.

1. Plain old hot water

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Use a bucket to pour 10-12 cups of hot water into the toilet – do not use boiling water, as it could possibly crack the toilet bowl. Let the hot water sit for a few minutes and then give it a flush. This nifty trick should help break up any blockage.

2. Use bleach

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If your toilet is on the verge of overflowing, reach for the bleach. Pour two to three cups of bleach in the bowl, followed by a cup of powdered soap. Let the mixture sit for five minutes, then flush the water down.

3. Wire hanger technique

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Uncoil a wire hanger to make it as long and straight as possible to fit down the toilet drain. Poke the hanger down the drain and attempt to break up whatever is clogging the bowl. After a few pokes with the wire hanger, give the toilet a flush.

4. Try using shampoo

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A great trick for unclogging your toilet is using shampoo. Squirt a generous amount of shampoo into the toilet bowl, then pour in a bucket of very hot water (not boiling!) – let the shampoo and hot water sit for 10 minutes. If you notice the water level going down, repeat the process again until the toilet can be flushed. If the water isn’t going down, let the shampoo and hot water sit for another 10 minutes.

5. Plastic wrap

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Running out of options and the water is continuing to rise? Try this clever trick from Tips & Crafts. Use plastic wrap to completely cover your toilet bowl – then give it a flush. As the plastic wrap starts to bubble up, firmly force the air down. The pressure of the air will force the clog through the pipe.

6. Liquid dish soap

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Much like the same technique as the shampoo method, dish soap can be used the same way! Watch Arron Bjorn’s full tutorial below.

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