How to Get Flushed Keys Out of the Toilet

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Things You'll Need

  • Wire coat hanger

  • Wrench

  • Bucket

  • Towel


If you still cannot find the keys, call a professional.


Do not flush the toilet again as this increases the likelihood of the keys entering the sewer system. Attempting to snag the keys with a coat hanger may result in a scratched toilet bowl.

Heavy items flushed down the toilet stand a better chance of being recovered.

Keys and other small objects can easily be flushed down the toilet by accident or by children. This can lead to a panic as you try to find your spare keys while you worry the old set will result in a clogged toilet. The U-bend is the only real safeguard against items being flushed as there is no outside grate to collect debris. It is possible to retrieve your keys from a flushed toilet, but the job may not be especially pleasant.

Step 1

Fashion a hook out of a wire coat hanger. Feed it into the toilet and sweep around the U-bend until you locate the keys. Hook the keyring with the end of the coat hanger and pull the keys from the toilet.

Step 2

Place a bucket underneath the U-bend connecting the plumbing to the toilet bowl.

Step 3

Wrap a towel around the plastic connectors. Unscrew the connectors slightly until water starts to flow out of the system. Loosen the connectors with a wrench, if necessary.

Step 4

Let the U-bend drop into the bucket. Inspect the U-bend for the lost keys.

Step 5

Drain the water from the toilet into the bucket. Check the bucket for the flushed keys, if you did not find them in the U-bend.


Simon Green

Simon Green started writing professionally in 2007 and has written for various publications. He has covered local news for ManchesterOnline as well as business and technology news for NRI Digital. Green graduated from Manchester University with a degree in business studies before taking a postgraduate qualification in journalism.