Toilet cleaning is one of the most disgusting household chores you can imagine. For obvious reasons. Whether it’s fixing the toilet or just cleaning it once a week, it’s definitely the least favorable of all your chores. But the worst situation you can encounter in this already disgusting place? A clogged toilet. The most disgusting of all disgusting.
But what about that horrible situation: when the toilet is clogged and you don’t have an unclogger on hand? It’s too horrible to imagine, right? Well, it’s actually possible to solve this problem without the need.
If you’re dealing with a clogged toilet and don’t have a plunger (or don’t want to use a plunger because it’s too gross), try this Brit tip from Build TV. It’s not guaranteed to work every time, but people have written in to say that it has worked for them many times. In this particular case (although it was staged, technically speaking), this method got rid of a very large ball of paper towel, which gives us hope that this technique can handle some of your worst clogging situations.
Here’s what you’ll need and what you’ll need to do to get your toilet working properly again.
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- Pour a healthy amount of liquid soap into your toilet bowl, about half a cup. The soap is denser and heavier than water and should drop to the bottom of the bowl.
- Let the liquid dish soap sit in the bowl for 20-30 minutes. Over time the soap will seep into the clog lubricating the trap way.
- After 20 minutes fill up a container with hot water and pour it into the bowl. Make sure not to overflow the toilet bowl. Slowly the clog should work it’s way free.
The entire time for the project takes about a half hour, and that includes the 20 minutes you should wait to let the bowl clear up again. So, for physical work, it should require about 10 minutes of your time. Considering that it takes people often close to a half hour of intense plunging with a more traditional method, this is obviously a pretty simple method.
This does not work for all clogs but people have reported success by repeating steps 1-3 again if it doesn’t clear the clog the first time. Some said they did this at night and the clog was gone in the morning. And being able to fix a clog without being elbow-deep in toilet water? That is well worth giving this trick a try.
If you’re out of the cleaning products needed, we would also suggest this technique, which involves using a toilet brush wrapped in a plastic bag. With these two simple things, you can create a makeshift plunger in no time at all.