How To Unclog a Toilet without a Plunger

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How do you unblock a toilet without a toilet plunger? Sometimes our toilets get blocked and at the end of the day, no one wants to see their toilet overflow onto the bathroom floor! Today I’m going to share how to unclog a toilet without a plunger and without using toxic chemicals.

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In addition to toilet clogs, there are so many drain clogs that can occur in our homes. We’ve all been there. I wanted to share some different ways to unclog drains using common household items, without using chemical drain cleaners or a plunger. So, take a deep breath, and let’s get started.

*Everyone’s got different kinds of pipes, water pressure, home temperatures, etc. Please know what you are working with so you know what your limits are with your toilets, sinks, pipes, etc.

Pouring in 1 cup dish detergent into clogged toilet.

How do you unclog a toilet quickly?

Instructions to unclog a toilet

I used a lot of toilet paper to create a clogged toilet. My draino for toilets consists of dish detergent and warm water. I start by pouring in 1 cup of dish soap and letting that sit for a couple of minutes.

Adding warm/hot water to toilet to unclog it.

Next, I add 4 cups of hot water (not boiling). Let this sit for a couple of minutes to start the unclogging process.

Flushing the toilet to unclog it.

Flush the toilet – It might start slow as it’s breaking everything free, but then it should flush away. You can repeat the process a second time if there is still some left behind.

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Snaking out a clogged toilet it out with a drain snake.

How do you unblock a sink without a plunger?

Instructions to unclog a sink

If you are clearing out a sink in your home like this one… try snaking it out with a drain snake first. You can pick these up at places like Dollar Tree and Walmart.

Just stick it down the drain hole and pull it up. You will be amazed at the hair, toothpaste, and other yucky stuff that will come up.

When you have it cleaned out as much as possible proceed to the next steps below.

Sprinkles 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain to unclog it.

If your sink is slow to drain or you have a clogged pipe it is probably due to build-up. Sprinkle 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain and let it sit for a minute.

Pouring down 1 cup of vinegar into sink.

Next pour in 1 cup of vinegar.

Let cleaning mixture sit for a couple minutes to unclog sink.

You’ll get a fun fizzy reaction – remember building volcanoes in school? Once the fizzy chemical reaction is done let it sit for a couple of minutes.

Loosen up and flush the system out to unclog sink.

Follow that up with boiling water – if you don’t want to use boiling water you can flush it with the hottest water from your faucet. This will help loosen more up and flush the system out.

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Slicing a lemon and putting it in the garbage disposal to unclog kitchen sink.

Instructions to unblock a drain

If it’s your kitchen sink, slice a lemon and put it in the garbage disposal. Turn your disposal on to clean everything out. The lemon will deodorize your garbage disposal and clean out any gunk down there.

One of the last things I always do is put the stopper in, fill the sink up, and then let it drain just to make sure it’s good and clear.

If it’s your kitchen sink I recommend turning on the garbage disposal again while draining as the added force of the water will pull all the other stuff further down the drain.

Using a strainer in the bathroom tub to cover drain.

Bathroom drain clog prevention

It’s always a good idea to prevent clogs whenever possible.  Consider using a strainer in your bathtub, sinks, kitchen sinks, etc. These can be picked up at Dollar Tree, Walmart, or online. In a bathtub or bathroom sink, use it to cover the drain like this.

emptying tub drain to prevent clogging

It’s the best way to prevent hair or foreign objects from going down the drain.

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Good luck!

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  1. Mother of 3 says:

    Such handy tips! Wish I had read this a few weeks ago… we were renting a house on vacation and when our toilet clogged we could not find a plunger anywhere!

    1. Thank you and Oh no! I’m so sorry you had to deal with that. I know how challenging it can be when you’re in a rental and something goes wrong.

  2. I used the soda and vinegar one on a clogged bathroom tub drain and it worked well. Thank you for sharing these tips.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing Lee and I’m so glad it worked for you too.

  3. Chas, thanks for the great tips. I had no idea those little mini-snakes existed. Must pick up a package. ~ Jean

    1. They are so great and cleared my daughter’s sink right up. We haven’t had any trouble since.

  4. Thank you for the helpful tips. I love reading your posts. Found this at Happiness is Homemade.

    1. You are so sweet Amy, thank you. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Really good tips but prevention is the best. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty Link Party #CCBG.

    1. Thank you Janet and I totally agree. Sometimes things happen that you just can’t control and these hopefully will help during those times.

  6. Thanks for sharing these tips, Chas. Blessings to you.

  7. Great ideas! I like the sink volcano idea! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

    1. Thank you so much Kim and it’s fun to watch – kids love to watch and learn too that way πŸ™‚

  8. It’s so nice to have ways to clear clogs that don’t involve nasty chemicals! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful hints and tips, Chas, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope to see you again this week. Have a great week ahead!

    1. Thank you so much April and thanks for hosting a wonderful party πŸ™‚ It’s always a joy to read your posts and see what you have been up to.

  9. That is pretty cool that you can unclog a drain with water and liquid. My wife and I are tired of our toilet getting clogged. I’ll have to consider hiring a plumber.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that and I hope this might help you a bit in the mean time. Thank you for your kind words.

  10. Thank you for sharing such a helpful guide – I got nothing to add.
    The only thing is that in the future, to prevent a toilet from clogging, use toilet cleaning tablets. These tablets can sit on the inside of the toilet bowl or the inside of the tank and help prevent limescale, calcium, and other common stains. If there are fewer calcium stains in the toilet bowl, then there will be less calcium buildup in the pipes, which means you have fewer chances of having a clogged toilet.

    1. Here’s another useful suggestion I’ve discovered: employing a wet/dry vacuum. If you happen to possess one in your household, you can utilize it to extract both water and debris from a obstructed toilet or sink, providing a swift and efficient means of clearing blockages. Additionally, it’s important to keep up with routine maintenance; pouring boiling water down your drains at intervals can be a proactive measure to prevent clogs from forming initially.

  11. Wow, these are some fantastic tips for unclogging drains and toilets without having to use a plunger! I never thought of using a combination of baking soda and vinegar for this. Thanks for sharing these creative solutions!

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