How to Naturally Unclog a Toilet

Like most household drains, toilets are extremely susceptible to clogs. After years of use, the drains become lined with hair, human waste and debris from improper garbage disposal. As more and more grime builds up on the pipes, the efficiency of the toilet decreases, and it may eventually take several attempts to completely flush wastes. This common problem can be fixed using natural ingredients.

Step 1

Turn off the water supply to the toilet. Locate a handle or knob behind the toilet and turn it clockwise until it stops.

Step 2

Flush the toilet to remove all of the water. You may need to flush it twice. Let the toilet air-dry for an additional 30 minutes. The drier it is, the more effective the interaction between the baking soda and vinegar will be.

Step 3

Pour ¾ cup of baking soda into the bottom of the toilet. Get it as deep into the drain as possible.

Step 4

Pour a half-cup of vinegar into the toilet. The two ingredients will cause a foamy reaction that efficiently eats away at grime that causes clogs.

Step 5

Cover the drain with a plunger. The plunger must seal the area around the drain. Blocking the drain will force the ingredients to go through the drain and eat away at the buildup on the inside of the pipes.

Step 6

Pour a gallon of hot water down the toilet it to wash push the grime through. The hotter the water is, the more effective it will be at removing the grime. The heat will cause the grime to break up and fall off the pipes.

Step 7

Turn the water supply to the toilet back on. Flush the toilet to make sure it flushes better. If it isn't better, repeat the cleaning process one more time.

Kenneth Coppens

Kenneth Coppens began his freelance writing career in 2008. His passions in life consist of extensive personal research on food, gardening and finding natural and eco-friendly alternatives to nearly all aspects of life.