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As long as there have been toilets, there have been clogged toilets. You try to flush, but something goes awry, and before you know it, you’re in a state of panic trying to figure out how to let everything flow normally once again.

When this happens, typically using a plunger will do the trick. But what if your plunger is missing in action? Or what if, for one reason or another, a plunger is ineffective? Don’t stress—while a plunger is convenient, it isn’t the be-all-end-all of clogged-toilet solutions. Here are a few ways to unclog your toilet without using a plunger.

Baking Soda & Vinegar

Essentially every house will contain vinegar and baking soda in the kitchen. These non-toxic substances are an excellent combination to unclog that pesky toilet. To do this, first put a cup of baking soda into the toilet. After waiting for two minutes, slowly add two cups of vinegar into the toilet. The combination of the two will work together, causing bubbles and breaking down the clogged material. After a few minutes, try flushing the toilet again.

Dish Soap

That’s right: dish soap not only is good to keep your kitchenware clean, but it can also clear up that toilet! When your toilet clogs up, put ½ cup of dish soap into the toilet (or if you don’t have dish soap, you can even chop a bar of soap into small pieces and stick that into the toilet.) After letting the soap sit for about one minute, add a bucket of hot bath water (although not too hot, since boiling water could crack the porcelain.) Let that soak, and then after a minute, try flushing the toilet.

Call Us

You could be a magician and come up with these concoctions to fix your issue, but sometimes there are deeper issues causing your toilet to clog. If you believe that this is the case, and if these other tricks (or your plunger) don’t work, give us a call today, and we’ll get to the heart of the matter.