Man disappointed with plunger performance sitting at toilet clog

How To Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger

There are many tools you can use to unclog a toilet, but if you want to learn how to unclog a toilet without a plunger try these techniques to get the job done.


Despite having great plumbingtoilet clogs still happen. It’s always good to have a plunger accessible for these situations. It is among the fastest, most convenient ways to clear a toilet clog. It can be an unpleasant circumstance to find yourself with a clog and no plunger. Luckily, there are lots of different techniques for getting rid of the clog without one.

5 Ways To Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger

Waiting it out

Often all you need to do is wait it out. This method involves some patience (and also maybe a second washroom). The water in your bathroom puts stress on the clogged area as it attempts to go down the pipes. With time, the pressure can dislodge the obstruction on its own. It may even take overnight to drain. Additionally, you need to be ready to stop the overflow of water if you try to flush the toilet the next day and the clog is still present.

Dish Soap and Hot water

To begin, fill half a cup of liquid dish soap and put it straight into the toilet bowl. If you don’t have dish soap, you can use shampoo as well. Leave the soap in the toilet for at least 30 minutes to allow the soap an opportunity to go deeper into the toilet.

Usually, the dish soap will act as a lubricant and grease the clog in the toilet drain to get everything moving again.

After about 30 minutes, take a bucket or large container of hot water (do not use boiling water as using boiling water can cause the porcelain toilet to crack) and carefully put it right into the toilet bowl. Place as much hot water into the toilet bowl as feasible, being careful not to overflow it or slosh water over the sides. 

If you are concerned about your toilet bowl overflowing when you attempt to flush it, turn off the water valve (situated behind the toilet near the flooring). After you flush it, you might need to wait about 15 minutes for the clog to work itself loose.

Toilet Brush

While a toilet brush may not be as effective as a plunger, it can accomplish the same job.
Plunger‘s work by forcing water through your pipes with more stress than just a regular flush. This displaces the clog and also allows water to flow freely. You may want to put some rubber gloves on before you do this. 

So, although the toilet brush may not have the ability to compel as much water through with as much pressure as a plunger, it can still get out the small clogs.

Toilet Brush in toilet

Epsom Salts

If you have any epsom salt in your home, you can use it to clear up a blockage. When epsom salt hits the water it makes a reaction where it begins to fizz up and helps dissolve the blockage.

Put several cups of epsom salt into the toilet and let that sit for about half an hour before you flush it. You should see some difference after you flush it the first time. Also, you can incorporate the dish soap technique with the epsom salt for a much more effective result.

Salt in spoon

Baking Soda and Vinegar

When your toilet doesn’t flush and you do not have a plunger, you can resort to safe home cleaning aids: vinegar and baking soda. You most likely know that vinegar and baking soda are wonderful at cleansing countless surface areas, they work as great deodorizer, and are handy in maintaining our drain pipes to have them run smoothly.

However, if you don’t have a plunger these cleaners also work when you need to deal with a clogged toilet. We suggest you add a cup of baking soda in your toilet bowl and wait for a few minutes. Then slowly pour two cups of vinegar into the toilet bowl.

This Vinegar and baking soda mixture will normally start to create bubbles, so make sure you pour it gradually to prevent the toilet water from overfilling. Let the baking soda and vinegar work together for a few minutes creating a chemical reaction that should help your clog to clear.

After a couple of minutes, you’ll need to flush your toilet to see whether the obstruction has actually cleared. You may have to repeat this process until the blockage finally clears. The clog will be gone when your toilet makes a quick suction sound and drains through the pipes normally.

Plumber holding a plunger and a wrench

Call A Plumber

If all else fails and you still can’t clear the clog, you may want to call a plumber. You do not want to run the risk of causing damage to your pipes, and the cost of unclogging a toilet is low when comparing it to the price of taking care of broken pipes or a damaged toilet.

It is important to remember that your toilet is only meant to flush toilet paper and human waste. It is not meant to flush materials such as feminine hygiene products, flushable wipes, floss, and any other non-degradable materials. 

Even with toilet paper, you want to keep in mind that too much of it can also cause your toilet to clog.

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Maya Bauer
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