Home Remedy for Clogged Toilet Drains

A clogged toilet is a serious disruption to your life, especially if you only have one bathroom available. Toilets become clogged when something gets stuck in the drain, including baby wipes, too much toilet paper and even toys. A plumber can fix the problem right away, but plumbers can be expensive and often have a waiting list or charge extra to fit you in right away. Home remedies can often unclog your toilet, saving you time and money.

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A clogged toilet can equal an expensive bill from your plumber.

Step 1

Remove excess water from the toilet bowl, using a small bowl. Pour the water down the bathroom or kitchen drain. Keep only enough water in the bottom to create suction when you use your plunger later.

Step 2

Untwist the end of a metal coat hanger and unbend the hanger until you have a long piece of metal. Insert the coat hanger into the drain of the toilet, bending to the shape you need. Use the hanger to fish around inside the toilet, to dislodge any items that might be trapped in the toilet.

Step 3

Pour one cup of baking soda into the toilet, directly over the drain. Let the baking soda sit for five minutes, and then top with one cup of white vinegar. This combination helps break up any paper or minor problems that might be causing the clog. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, and then pour a pot of boiling water into the toilet.

Step 4

Insert the plunger into the base of the toilet bowl. Apply pressure to the top of the plunger and keep plunging the toilet. This should dislodge anything trapped in the bowl and cause it to move through the pipe. The vinegar and baking soda loosen and break down the trapped items.

Step 5

Pour 1/2 cup of dishwashing soap into the toilet bowl, if the vinegar and baking soda fail to work. Let sit for five minutes, and then top with a pan of boiling hot water. Wait 30 minutes, and try plunging again. This should get rid of whatever caused your toilet to clog.