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Waking up to a clogged toilet can be the biggest nightmare for a homeowner. But it’s not difficult to handle. 

You must be thinking that we will tell you to get a plunger and remove the blockage. However, we understand that there may be times when you do not have a plunger to deal with the issue. 

Well, there’s nothing to worry about as there are many ways that you can clear a toilet clog even when you do not want to use a plunger. This blog will talk about the five most effective home remedies that would help you get rid of a blockage without a plunger. 

5 Best Ways To Unblock A Toilet Without A Plunger

1. Put Some Epsom Salt

Why restrict bath bombs to just the tubs when you can use them to clear a stubborn clog? You can quickly get Epsom salt bath bombs from the local supermarket at an affordable price to effectively deal with the toilet blockage. 

Put your DIY skills to use to make the bath bombs even more effective. To make the concoction, you need to mix the Epsom salt with baking powder and liquid detergent. 

Let the mixture harden up overnight, and then put the bath bombs in the toilet bowl in the morning. Follow up by pouring a glass of hot water, and you will be good to go!

2. Using Dish Soap 

While dish soap might not seem like the best idea to clear toilet clogs, it is excellent at dealing with minor blockages. You can use regular soap for this purpose to clean the blockage effectively. 

Using dish soap is better any day than harsh chemicals like bleach, which can destroy the coating on your toilet bowl. All you have to do is add four tablespoons of dish soap to the bowls and pour hot water afterwards. The water will activate the detergent and help release the blockage. 

Unclogging Toilet With Blue Dish Soap

3. Baking Soda To The Rescue

If you find your toilet not flushing at all, the chances are that there is a severe blockage. In scenarios like this, you should fix the problem at the earliest before it worsens. 

One of the easiest tricks that homeowners use in situations like these is the magic mix. You have to be careful and not put it in a bowl filled to the brim; if that’s the case, use a container to take out some of the water. 

Once the water level is okay, but the baking soda in the bowl, followed by one cup of vinegar. The chemical reaction of the two would release air and help unclog the toilet drain.

Let the mixture rest for around 30 minutes and check if it has loosened the clog. The entire clog won’t be cleared in one attempt, and it is likely to take a few more tries before the toilet is good as new. 

4. Pour Hot Water

Not every trick that we have up our sleeves involves you having to rush to the supermarket to procure an item. Sometimes, a simple hot water flush can help you effectively eliminate the toilet blockage. 

However, you should implement this method only when there is a minor blockage. If there is a small build-up, a hot water flush can help you eliminate the problem instantly. 

Keep doing it a few times until you see that the water is draining correctly before checking the results. 

5. Using A Toilet Wire

Without external help, breaking down the chunky clogs can feel like quite a task. When the clogs are a little too stiff, you might have to take the help of a toilet wire. If you have a hard metal wire, it can work like a plumbing snake that you can use to clear the blockage. 

Remember to select a hard enough wire to break the clog but is malleable enough to bend as per your need. Unless the wire bends, clearing stubborn clogs with it can be challenging. 

Once you find the suitable wire, bend its lower portion to resemble a hook. Put it into the toilet to locate the clog but make sure that you do not damage the ceramic coating. Once you reach the clog, keep moving the wire and pulling at it to ensure that the blockage loosens. 

Keep repeating this until you are satisfied that the entire blockage is cleared. Ensure that you flush the toilet with hot water after you are done. Also, during this whole process, do not forget to wear hand gloves which will protect your hands while working. 

Unclogging Toilet With Wire

Time To Fix That Clogged Toilet

That’s all from us, folks!

We hope you had a great time learning to unblock a toilet without a plunger. All these techniques are pretty simple but can take up a considerable amount of your time and effort. 

Coming back home to a clogged toilet can be your worst nightmare. So, you must do your best to prevent a blockage from developing in the first place. You can perform a weekly check to ensure that no clogs are growing, and this practice would help you avoid future troubles. 

Even if you don’t see a proper clog, consider putting the bath bombs in the toilet every once in a while. When you do that, the chances of a block developing in your toilet are reduced by half. 

If you have better tricks up your sleeve that can help effectively deal with toilet clogs, share them with us in the comments section below. Until next time!


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