Before you call the plumber to unclog your toilet you'll want to take a look at the following methods using commonly available household materials. These tips assume the cause of the clog is from waste and toilet paper, and not due to foreign objects that should never be flushed. Having the right tools to unclog your toilet in the future will help save you the time and money of expensive repair services.
Stop Overflow. You'll want to stop the flow of water from the tank to the toilet bowl if it is overflowing. Carefully remove the toilet tank lid and close the flapper at the bottom of the tank. To do this, unhook the chain that connects the toilet handle arm to the flapper. This will keep the flapper flat and prevent additional water from entering the bowl. Then reattach the chain when the water level in the bowl has receded. Avoid flushing repeatedly until you’ve eliminated the clog.
Try Hot Water. The first thing to try when attempting to unclog toilets without a plunger is hot water. The addition of hot water might be enough to loosen the clog and dislodge the blockage. Fill a bucket with about a gallon of hot water from the sink or bathtub. Then pour the hot water into the toilet bowl. You want to be sure to not use boiling hot water. If the water is too hot, it might crack a porcelain toilet.
Add Dish Soap. If the toilet is still draining slowly, pour a generous amount of liquid dish soap into the partially filled toilet bowl. The grease-cutting properties of the soap can help to dissolve any solids that caused the blockage. Add some hot water and allow the soap to soak into the clog.
Use Water Force. Try using water from a plastic bottle to force the clog through the trap, which is the basic function of a plunger. Fill an empty 2-liter bottle with warm water and cover the bottle opening with your gloved thumb. Then, invert the bottle and position it deep in the mouth of the drain at the bottom of the toilet bowl, and squeeze the bottle to force the warm water into the drain, dislodging the clog.
Baking Soda and Vinegar. Another tip for unclogging a toilet bowl is using baking soda and vinegar. The toilet bowl needs to be about half-full of water before adding the other ingredients, so adjust the water level accordingly. Add one cup of baking soda to the water. Then slowly pour the vinegar into the bowl. The chemical reaction will create a fizz. Wait and hope that the water level goes down, which would indicate that the clog has been cleared.
The next time you get a clogged toilet bowl, give one of these environmentally-friendly tips and tricks a try. You’ll not only save yourself some money, but you’ll also rest easy knowing that you’re not sending toxic chemicals down the drain and into your area’s water filtration system.