How to Remove Toilet Clogs Without a Plunger

Every toilet inevitably become backed up and requires unclogging. Debris blocks a toilet's internal passages and allows water levels to rise within the toilet bowl. Continuously flushing a clogged toilet can cause water to flood the toilet bowl and overflow onto bathroom flooring. Although plungers are common tools that use suction to free clogs, they are not required to effectively unplug toilets. Certain alternative solutions and supplies can dissolve and dislodge debris in clogged toilets.

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Promptly remove clogs to restore a toilet's functionality.

Step 1

Pour a gallon of hot water down the toilet. Be careful not to splash the water onto you or the floor. Do not flush the toilet.

Step 2

Wait 10 to 15 minutes for water to drain out of the toilet bowl.

Step 3

Pour 1/4 cup of liquid dish detergent down toilet if the clog remains. Do not flush the toilet.

Step 4

Allow the detergent to lubricate the clogged debris for 10 minutes. While you wait, boil a gallon of water in a kettle on the stove.

Step 5

Pour the boiling water down the toilet to wash down the lubricated debris. Be careful not to burn yourself. Do not flush the toilet.

Step 6

Wait 15 minutes for the toilet to unclog itself.

Step 7

Inspect the toilet bowl for excessive water. If the toilet is still clogged, insert the bent end of a closet auger into the toilet bowl trap until the auger's rod reaches the clogged debris.

Step 8

Poke the rod into the clogged debris and turn the auger's handle clockwise to hook the debris. Gently jiggle the auger back and forth until the debris is dislodged.

Step 9

Pull out the hooked debris and remove it from the toilet. Only remove debris not intended for flushing. Wear disposable gloves to protect your hands.