How to Get a Non-biological Item Out of a Toilet

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If you have children or are careless with something you own, you could end up with a non-biological item inside the toilet bowl, and possibly, in the drain. Unlike waste and toilet paper, these items do not soften or break up, making a clog that will not let anything else pass down the bowl and through the soil pipe. To get a non-biological item, like a toy or keys, out of the toilet, you'll need to "fish" for it.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Wire coat hanger
  • Closet auger
  • Put on long rubber gloves and try to pull the non-biological item out of the toilet if still visible. Once the item is out of the toilet, wrap it up in a trash bag and discard it or sterilize it if necessary. Wash your hands thoroughly and do not touch your face until well-washed.

  • Fish the non-biological item out of the toilet with a wire coat hanger by straightening it out and then using the hook end. Place the hook down into the toilet bowl and into the soil pipe; try to hook the item and pull it out.

  • Retrieve the non-biological item with a closet auger if the wire hanger is unsuccessful. Should the coat hanger not be long enough, insert a closet auger, hook first, into the bowl and down into the soil pipe. A closet auger is like a drain snake but has a small hook at the end. This may take several attempts before you actually hook the item and pull it out.

  • Wad up a few pieces of toilet paper and throw into the toilet. Attempt to flush it to see if the toilet contains any more non-biological items. If the toilet does not properly drain, reinsert the closet auger and retrieve the other item.

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References

  • "Black & Decker Complete Home Repair"; Creative Publishing International; 2007
  • "Beyond Time-Out: From Chaos to Calm"; Beth A. Grosshans, et al.; 2008
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