How to Unclog a Toilet

As hard as one may try to keep their toilet running smoothly, clogs seem to still happen at the most inconvenient of times. Fortunately, one can keep tools and materials in their home that give them multiple different ways to unclog a toilet so that they can be ready for this problem at any time. Our trusted team of experts would like to pass on this knowledge to you so that you’re better prepared when the unthinkable happens in your bathroom.

Harness Your Household Chemicals

One trick is to mix baking soda and vinegar to create a powerful drain cleaner without the use of harsh chemicals. To do this, you may use:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 2 cups of vinegar
  • 1 gallon of boiling hot water (optional)

The baking soda should be poured in first. Then let the baking soda settle at the bottom of the toilet bowl before you slowly pour in the two cups of vinegar. The vinegar will meet the baking soda at the bottom of the toilet bowl to produce a reaction that will fizz and bubble. This is a potent reaction, so to prevent an overflow, pour the vinegar into the toilet bowl slowly.

The gallon of hot water is used if your toilet bowl has no water in it before pouring in the baking soda. Once the two ingredients combine to create the fizzy reaction, allow the mixture to sit and work on the clog for a few hours. Once 2-3 hours have passed, check your toilet to see if the water has drained. If the water hasn’t drained, let it sit overnight.

The Trusty Plunger

One thing to know is that not all plungers are created equal. There are flat plungers and plungers that have a flange. Flat plungers are better at removing clogs from sink and shower drains. When it comes to professionally unclogging a toilet, we recommend a plunger that has a flange.

A flange plunger fits deep into the bottom of the toilet bowl and creates a better seal so that the suction of the plunger can be more effective against the clog. The best method for using a flange plunger is to seal the cup of the plunger against the toilet bowl and give the plunger a full push then a full pull back, without breaking the seal, 5-6 times. When pulling back on the plunger on the last thrust, remove the plunger completely. If the clog isn’t gone, repeat the process until the water in the toilet bowl drains.

Toilet Auger

This may sound like some strange new household tool, but a toilet auger is actually a more technical term for a tool known as a plumbing snake. A toilet auger is a plumbing snake that’s specially designed for toilets. Regular plumbing snakes have rigid parts made out of metal. These parts can scratch and maim the smooth porcelain surface of a toilet bowl. A toilet auger is coated in rubber to prevent scratching of a toilet, so make sure to invest in a toilet auger specifically if you decide to go this route.

They are easy and quick to use, which is perfect for people who can’t use a plunger comfortably. To use a toilet auger, simply slide the head down into the toilet drain. Then turn the handle clockwise until you feel resistance. That’s when the toilet auger has reached the clog and is moving through it. If the water drains after this, the clog is removed. If the water remains, repeat this process until it drains.

Drain Cleaners

We have placed drain cleaners at the bottom of this list due to how dangerous they can be. Drain cleaners are potent chemicals that can damage plumbing and cause chemical burns. On the rare occasions that you may decide to use a drain cleaner, always wear gloves to protect your hands and safety goggles to protect your eyes in the event that the drain cleaner splashes. Drain cleaners are easy to use since their instructions are labeled clearly on the bottle, so follow them precisely to avoid accidents.

Even though we said that gloves and safety goggles should be used with chemical drain cleaners, we recommend that you use gloves whenever you try to unclog a toilet. You should always exercise caution when dealing with toilet water since it’s notoriously filthy.