How do you unblock a toilet without a plunger?

So how do you unblock a toilet without a plunger?

Good question, there have been times when we didn’t have a plunger in our apartment because we threw out the old one and had planned on buying a better plunger when we moved in.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to one in time and our toilet was clogged.

 So let’s get into it… pun intended.

Rubber gloves. Do not forget those yellow lifesaver rubbery hand slips. You might have to get in deep, but before we recommend doing that, let’s try some things first.

If you have the funds, go by a plunger, could save you from using elbow grease on trying out various methods.  The clog can wait, it will surely be welcoming you back, with your plunger in hand.

But assuming you have no funds or can’t leave the house, check out our tips below.

How To Unlock a Toilet Without a Plunger

Dish soap! Lay some towels around your toilet. Remove as much excess water as possible.

Pour 1 cup of dish soap into the toilet. Let it do the work by letting it sit as it will act as a lubricant.

Then add hot boiling water after 30 minutes as the hot water will work with the soap, kind of how dish soap and hot water works on greasy pans.

Continue to add hot water if the toilet begins to drain, repeat until the blockage is cleared.

how to unclog a toilet with baking soda

Baking soda and vinegar is our second method.

You’ll want your toilet surround by towels again in case of an overflow.

Remove as much excess water as possible to make sure the baking soda doesn’t become diluted. Pour half a box down the drain. Then half a cup of vinegar.

Wait for 30 minutes so that it has time to break down the blockage.  Then flush the toilet, if it starts to drain, then repeat the process until your toilet is fully unclogged.

how to unclog a toilet with a coat hanger

The good old Coat Hanger is our final solution, let’s get our trusty friend, and go for a hail mary, shall we.

Straighten the coat hanger, wrap the end of the wire with a rag, use tape or something to keep the rag in place.  Then get down and dirty, try pushing, twisting or maneuvering the blockage.

Another method to the coat hanger is if you don’t care about the enamel inside of the toilet, leave the rag off, and try making a small hook on the end of the hanger and then pulling out the blockage.

If the above methods don’t work…

It’s time to scrounge up change for a cheap plunger at the dollar tree or call a plumber.

Here are some Tacoma plumber reviews.

Scottco Plumbing

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