Have you tried flushing the toilet just to realize it has a weak flush or one that is not working at all? You might need to remove the blockage that causes this problem. A clogged tub with standing water can be frustrating but when it’s the toilet in question, this can be more stressful. Without a plumber to fix it, a plunger or a plumber’s snake can do the job. But what if these two are not available?
A weak flush, overflowing toilet water and clogged toilet can be caused by many things. Aside from toilet paper, toys, cigarette butts and small pieces of soap thrown accidentally and otherwise, mineral deposits can build up on the rinse holes and create a problem.
At first, this can appear to be a challenge but you can easily get out of this situation by using some household items you already have. Here are five effective ways to unclog a toilet despite not having a snake or plunger in sight:
Use a Mirror And Coat Wire Hanger
First, check what material is causing the clogging of your toilet bowl. It might be a roll of almost used-up toilet paper which accidentally fell or it might be that mineral deposits have built up and preventing the water to flush easily. This is where a small mirror and the cleaners’ wire coat hanger come in handy. For mineral deposits, use the mirror to have a view of the holes and straighten the hanger to turn it into an improvised auger and use it to poke the holes. If the cause of the clog is an item that fell in the toilet bowl, straighten the hanger but create a hook at the tip to use it to pull the item out. This can fix the clogged toilet in no time.
Pour Dish Detergent And Hot Water
If you cannot find the plunger, half a cup of your dish detergent can be used as a dissolving agent to dislodge the grime or material that might be keeping your toilet flush from doing its job. Pour the detergent and let it sit for a few minutes. It will work as an agent to loosen whatever is getting in the way. In the meantime, boil some water on your kettle for about 10 minutes. No need to have it boiling hot, just warm enough to remove the clog. When you pour it, you might want to do so a few inches from the rim to add some pressure. The heat from the water is effective to remove the clog. After this, try to flush again. This will keep your toilet flush up and running.
Create a Toilet Foam Bomb
Another fast remedy to a clogged toilet requires some resourcefulness on your part. Toilet bombs are powerful cleaning and unclogging materials you can do on your own. What’s great about these toilet fizzies is that you can make several at a time which you can put in a jar and keep for future use. Here are the ingredients and materials to use:
- 2 cups baking soda
- Liquid dish detergent
- ¼ cup Epsom salt
- Muffin tins
- Muffin liners (preferably silicone)
First, mix the baking soda and Epsom salt using a stick or spoon. See to it that you do so just enough to avoid the two ingredients from clumping. Next, pour the liquid dish detergent, one teaspoon at a time while it turns into a consistency that likens wet sand. After this, put the muffin liners on the muffin tins and pour the mixture. Let it sit overnight to solidify the mixture. Remove the pieces and place them in a jar. For your clogged toilet, throw in a piece of the toilet bomb. Leave it for a few hours and pour down hot water to dissolve it. When this is done, flush your toilet. Toilet bombs are not only great in dislodging the clog but are also great toilet bowl cleaner.
Use Baking Soda And Vinegar
These two household items have many uses. Aside from being an all-time house cleaner, it can unclog tubs, sinks and toilets. An important thing to remember when using this technique is the use of equal parts of the two items. Also, check on the severity of the problem. A minor clog calls for pouring the baking soda and vinegar in one sweep. If the problem is more than simple clogging, you will have to use these ingredients several times. For major clogging, you might want to pour half a cup or more of baking soda in the toilet bowl. Afterwards, add the same amount if vinegar. You will hear and see it fizzle. Let it sit for a time, just enough to loosen the materials clogging your toilet. Then pour a pot of hot water and wait for the result. If the clog is not yet dislodged totally, pour water several times more. You will hear a sound and see that the toilet will drain water on its own. Next, flush the toilet to check if it’s already working as expected.
Take Hold Of a Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner
Another effective way to unclogging your toilet is your vacuum cleaner, the wet/dry model. First, shut the toilet water off. Next, with your wet vacuum cleaner, suck the clogged items in your toilet. The power from the vacuum cleaner can remove whatever is blocking the way. To ensure nothing is left to clog it, turn the water back on and pour a gallon of hot water to dislodge remaining stuff. Sufficient water will drain your toilet naturally.
Here are some guidelines to avoid clogging your toilet:
1. Always keep it covered to prevent toys and other items from accidentally falling in your toilet.
2. Clear your water closet from items like soap holders, shampoos, toilet paper rolls and the like. These can be easily knocked off and fall directly into the bowl.
3. Place a garbage bin in your toilet so people using it will not be tempted to intentionally throw used toilet paper and other items into the toilet bowl that can cause clogging.
There are several options of getting your clogged toilet fixed even without a snake or plunger. You just have to choose what works best for you.