Can You Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger?

Just moved into your new spot and finished wondering if you forgot to buy any important bathroom appliances, only to clog the toilet and realize you don’t have a toilet plunger yet? To make matters worse, is the date of your dreams on his or her way over to sweep you off your feet, but you don’t want them to see this sort of disgusting mess you’ve created and you don’t have time to go to the store before they get to your house because they already texted to tell you that they’re on their way? Feel like you’re screwed to live alone for the rest of your life because you can’t stop scaring away potential lovers with your awkward toilet-related mistakes?

hot watDon’t worry. You can unclog your toilet without a plunger, and if this first way doesn’t work, there’s a second way you can try out too.

The first way is to get a bucket and fill it with hot water. Squirt a whole lot of dishwashing liquid into your toilet, or chop up an entire bar of soap and pour all the little pieces into the bowl instead. Either way, you’re going to need a whole lot of soap.

Then carefully pour the hot water into the toilet bowl so that it dissolves the liquid or the bar of soap. You want it to be hot enough water that it will kick the sudsy chemicals in your soap right into gear. If it’s activated, the soap should begin to unclog the toilet drain by helping the clogged paper and waste to begin to slide down the pipes. Repeat the process if necessary until the water in the toilet bowl goes down the drain, implying that the blockage has been dislodged. Then you’r going to need to flush the toilet a few more times in order to remove any residue from the soap. You don’t want anyone to come around asking questions after all.

dawnDidn’t work? Here’s Plan B:

Pick a container that you’re never going to use again and put on some rubber gloves. Remove as much water from the toilet bowl as possible by filling the container repeatedly and pouring its contents out into a bucket. Now fill a large plastic bottle with warm water. Keep your thumb over the top so you can fit the top of it into the outlet at the bottom of the toilet. Then remove your thumb quickly and squeeze the bottle so that water shoots into the toilet drain. The pressure will likely dislodge the clog. You’re going to want to wear a mask and some eye protection in this case, as water might splash feces into your eyes and give you pink eye. Then Add more hot was water to the toilet bowl and see if goes down the drain; if it does, you’re in the clear. If it doesn’t, repeat the bottle squirting steps until it does.

Finally, pour about three quarts of boiled water into the toilet bowl to clean out the residue. Let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes until it cools down, then flush it for a sparkling finish.

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