2 Do-It-Yourself Methods For Unclogging A Plugged Toilet

Posted on: 17 December 2014

Having a toilet is a necessity, but because toilets get so much use, they are prone to clogs. You can avoid many types of clogs by using caution with what you place inside the fixture, but this will not stop every clog from happening. If you experience problems with your toilet and want to try to fix the problem yourself, you could try one of these do-it-yourself methods. Each is simple to use, and neither method requires a plunger.

Make Toilet Clog Removal Bombs

If you walk down a cleaning product aisle at the store, you may see products that are designed to remove clogs in drains. You could purchase a product like this, but most of these products contain acid. Acid is dangerous if you touch it, and it may not be the best product for your pipes. Instead of purchasing and using a product like this, you could make your own bombs to try when you experience a clog. To do this, you will need to gather the following items:

  • 3 cups baking soda
  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • 10 tablespoons blue liquid dish detergent (Dawn works best)

With these three ingredients, you can make toilet bombs to use whenever your toilet starts acting up. To do this, you will also need to have a muffin tin. You can use a metal muffin tin and place muffin liners in the pan, or you could use a silicone muffin pan. Silicone pans tend to work great and do not need liners. After making the bombs, they will pop right out without leaving a mess.

Follow these steps as you prepare your toilet bombs:

  1. Mix together the 3 cups baking soda with ½ cup Epsom salt
  2. Stir really well to try to achieve a smooth texture
  3. Add half of the dish detergent and mix
  4. Gradually add the remaining dish soap, one tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition
  5. Pour the mixture evenly into the muffin cups

Once you do this, you will need to let the bombs dry overnight. When your toilet gets clogged, you can throw a bomb in it and let the ingredients work their magic. You will need to pour two to three cups of boiling hot water into the toilet too. This will help the bomb dissolve, and within a few hours your toilet clog might be gone.

This method is easy to use, cheap, and safe. The ingredients in the bombs will not harm you or your plumbing pipes.

Use a Shop Vac

Most people will try using a plunger to relieve a clogged toilet, but plungers can be tricky to use. If you do not have a plunger, or if a plunger will not work to remove the clog, you could try using your shop vac.

A shop vac is designed to picking up dry and wet messes, and it contains a high amount of suction when turned on. With this method, you must begin by sucking out all of the water sitting in the toilet bowl, and you can do this with the shop vac.

Next, place the hose inside the drain of the toilet and put a towel around it. The towel will help you seal the hose, and this is a necessity for cleaning a clogged toilet. Once these items are in place, turn on the shop vac. If your shop vac is powerful enough, it will probably pull up anything that is trapped in the line, and this will relieve and fix your problem.

If you try these methods and cannot get the clog loose, you could call a contractor to come and fix the problem. Most plumbing contractors offer drain cleaning services, and they will be able to clean any line that is clogged.