Pro Tip: No Plunger? No Problem.
Nothing quite puts a damper on your day like a clogged toilet, especially if you don’t have a plunger handy when you need it most. Here’s a few tips on how to get that clog moving, even without a plunger.
The Hot Water Method
First, fill a bucket with hot water. Then squeeze a large amount of dish soap into the toilet bowl. If you don’t have liquid dish soap, you can also use shampoo to help break down the fats in the clog to help it slide down the drain.
Pour a small amount of hot water into the toilet bowl to get that soap working and wait 15-20 minutes. Try and give it a flush and repeat the process if needed.
Multi-Purpose Mop Method
Time to put that old mop to work! Grab a plastic shopping bag and secure it over the mop head with a rubber band or duct tape. Once you’ve secured the mop inside the plastic bag, you can use it exactly how you would use a normal plunger.
Place the mop head into the toilet drain hole at the bottom of the bowl and use a forceful up and down motion to force the clog down. Once the clog is dislodged, be sure to flush an extra time or two and throw away the plastic bag.
The Coat Hanger Method
This is a good one when you know a foreign object, or a big hunk of toilet paper is the cause of your clog. Take a metal coat hanger and bend the long horizontal piece across the bottom into a “U” shape. You may want to cover the wire in tape to avoid potentially scratching your toilet before the next step. Carefully and gently push the metal up into hole where water would normally drain from the toilet bowl to dislodge the clog. You may be able to pull the stuck object back towards you with the wire and avoid the risk of it creating a clog further down the drain.