How to Unblock a Badly Blocked Toilet Without a Plunger

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The first thing that comes to your mind when you see your toilet badly blocked is, ‘I need a plunger!’, and if you have one but it’s not working, you thought would likely be, ‘Oh God, this plunger is useless!’


Whether a plunger can solve your problem but you don’t have one, or you have one but it’s not unblocking your toilet, the problem remains the same.


How then can you unblock your toilet without a plunger?


The easiest way would be to hire the services of a plumber, but what if you can detect the problem yourself and solve it? This would save you from making unnecessary financial expenses.


Don’t worry, we will still let you know when is the right time to call the plumber. But before we get to that, let us walk you through the DIY means of unclogging your badly blocked toilet.


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DIY Plumbing Methods For Unblocking Clogged Toilet

  • Hot water flush
  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • DIY plumbing hook
  • The mighty plungerless potty pan


Hot water flush


Imagine having a toilet that is clogged and when you share your problem with a friend, they suggest that you boil water and pour it down the drain.


It sounds absurd like everything before science until it proves true – that hot water can actually loosen the things holding the clog together.


You must note, however, that if you have porcelain sinks or PVC pipes, this hot water method may be too hot for them. You can only pour that hot water down the drain if you are sure that your sinks and pipes do not belong to any of the above.



Regardless of your desperation, you must never pour the water as it is boiling. Yes, it will be hot but not boiling to avoid any permanent damage.


If you try this hot water method, and the clog is still not letting up, then know that it is beyond DIY, and you need professional help (like a plumber).


It could be that you are learning this trick too late and that your toilet has been clogged for too long which can be a limitation for stubborn clogs. If it’s not handled immediately by a professional, it can cause serious damage to the plumbing system.


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Baking soda and vinegar


Another weird DIY plumbing method that can unclog your toilet, which you may never have heard of, is the baking soda and vinegar combo.


When you pour the vinegar into the baking soda, there is a chemical reaction that results in a fuzzling, bubbling foam. This reaction breaks or loosens debris, hair or any blockage in the pipes.


When you pour this mixture down the drain, allow it to sit for like an hour before you flush with hot water – this not only removes recent clogs, it helps to prevent future clogs.


If you have a dishwasher, you can add it as it helps to give it extra lubrication. However, bear in mind that this is optional only if you wish to achieve more lubrication.


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DIY plumbing hook


If you are an adventurous DIYer, then this is the perfect plumbing solution for you. A plumbing hook is mostly used when the clog is quite large and can easily be dragged out.


You can buy a plumbing hook or create one from a wire coat hanger (if you have one). When using a plumbing hook, be careful not to scratch the toilet bowl so that you don’t destroy it.


The best way to successfully remove a clog using a plumbing hook is to push the cable into the pipe until you feel you feel resistance then keep pushing back and forth until the clog has cleared away.


The mighty plungerless potty pan


When you have tried all the other options and your back is against the wall, then this is your go-to plumbing solution. You have to carefully create a seal with a plastic shopping bag and a toilet seat.


The seal helps to prevent the water from the toilet from splashing all over the floor, which is why it is important to get a good seal.


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When to Call a Professional Plumber


Now while these DIY plumbing methods may be effective for some people and certain periods, they are not guaranteed due to certain factors. It could be that no matter how hard you try, you are not getting it right or that your plumbing issue is beyond a DIY solution.


If it is no longer effective, then it may be time to call a plumber.


Some signs that let you know it is time to call a plumber – are a complete blockage, damaged toilets or pipes, repeated clogs, overflowing toilets, leaky faucets and pipes, water heater issues, a running toilet etc.


The duty of a plumber would involve checking the flushing power of your toilet to ensure that the strength is adequate.


He/she also has to check for any obstruction in the drainpipe or if there are non-flushable materials that are blocking the toilet.


He/she has more advanced tools and expertise, which ensures that he/she figures out the problem immediately and offers an adequate corresponding solution.




It is important to call a plumber immediately after you notice that the plumbing issue has defied your DIY strategies. Wasting too much time before you make the right move can cause extensive damage to your sinks and pipes.


You can also consult a plumber to advise you on equipment to buy for your plumbing issues and how to go about it – maybe with the right guidance, you can figure out a practical solution.

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