There are few instances more dreaded than finding yourself in a situation with a clogged toilet and no access to a plunger. While most bathrooms should have a plunger at the ready to save anyone embarrassment, there are always instances where you may find yourself looking for alternative ways to fix a clog.
Let’s make one thing clear first, never use boiling water to try to clear a clog. Pouring boiling water can cause the toilet to crack, creating more of a problem than the clog alone. Instead, try slowly pouring a bucket of hot water (about 12 cups) into the basin and allow it to sit for a few minutes. The heat of the water and the addition should help to break up the clog allowing everything to flush normally after a short amount of time.
A Lot of Dish Soap
Using dish soap, especially one with a de-greasing element, if the next best option. Pour a large amount of soap into the toilet bowl and give it at least thirty minutes to work. In some cases, more time might be needed. If you don’t have access to dish soap a basic shampoo will work as well, just make sure it’s not an expensive salon brand before you squeeze a bunch out.
If you’ve found yourself stuck in a bathroom where you can’t leave before fixing the clog, using Epsom salts may just be your saving grace. Epsom salts, or a bath bomb if you’re really stuck, cause a soapy, fizzy chemical reaction that helps to clear the drain and break up the clog. That said, you may have to find a clever excuse for why you dropped a bath bomb in the toilet.
Use A Toilet Brush
While this might be the most labor intensive and grossest option, using a toilet brush in place of a plunger is one last way to try to fix a clog. Merely push the brush into the drain hole and pump it several times with moderate force. This may be enough to create the suction needed to force the clog through, or it may be able to reach the problem and break it up manually. Regardless make sure to give a few extra flushes once the clog is cleared to clean the brush off before putting it back.
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