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Top 7 Alternatives to Using a Plunger to Fix a Clogged Toilet

It only takes a fast trip to the restroom and one flush to end up with a clogged drain or, even worse, a nearly overflowing toilet.

Think about your other unclogging choices before calling a plumber if you don’t have a plunger or if using a plunger doesn’t work. It is possible to fix a clogged toilet or stop an overflowing toilet using only what you already have on hand in your medicine cabinet or kitchen pantry.

Here’s how to fix a clogged toilet (and make sure to wear protective gloves).


1. Fizzy Fix

Put your elementary school science knowledge to use! If your toilet bowl is already full, either empty some of the water or be prepared for some overflow.

Next, pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down the toilet drain. The combination of vinegar and baking soda will cause a bubbling chemical reaction, which will help dislodge the clog.

After waiting 30 minutes, try pouring hot water down the drain to see if the problem is solved. If that’s the case, you should be good to go. If that doesn’t work, try it again.


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