How to Unclog a Toilet If You Don't Have a Plunger

A clogged toilet is an inconvenience as it renders your toilet useless until the clog is removed. While most people reach for the plunger, when you don't have that option, you must use other methods. Unclogging a toilet is not the most enjoyable job, but if you're willing to use methods and supplies that tackle the clog, it can be successfully removed without a plunger.

Things You'll Need

  • Old towel

  • Bucket

  • Rubber gloves

  • Trash bag

  • Cup

  • 1/2 cup Borax powder

  • Tea kettle

Step 1

Lay an old towel on the floor alongside the clogged toilet. Set an empty bucket on top of the towel.

Step 2

Wear rubber gloves to keep your hands clean. Reach into the back of the toilet bowl, near the waste pipe, and remove any clogging materials you can reach. Empty the contents of the bucket into a trash bag and discard.

Step 3

Scoop out excess water with a small cup. Remove water from the toilet bowl until there are only a few inches of water left.

Step 4

Pour 1/2 cup of Borax powder into the toilet and let it sit for 10 minutes. The Borax naturally cleans grime and buildup that contribute to the clog.

Step 5

Pour 2 cups of boiling water into the toilet to wash away the Borax and clog. Flush the toilet to make sure the clog has been removed. Repeat these steps two or three times, if necessary.

Tip

Wear a boot or heavy-duty shoe. Stand alongside the toilet and give the back of the toilet bowl a good kick. Many times this is enough to dislodge a minor clog.

Pour 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar into the toilet bowl to help dissolve a clog.

Warning

Low-flow toilets are especially susceptible to clogs. Flush frequently and use one-ply paper to avoid excess backups.

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