How to unclog a toilet without a plunger

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Toilet plungers are a plumber’s lifeguard. They can keep you afloat when in the troubles of a clogged toilet.

But we’ve all been there. You wake up to yet another episode of a clogged toilet; but this time, there’s no plunger to free up the toilet.

How do you unclog a stuck toilet without a plunger?

Here are 10 ways to do so:

  1. Allow it to sit for 3-4 hours, then flush with water
  2. Insert a 6 – 10 mm copper wire
  3. Insert a straightened metal coat hanger 
  4. Clean out wc jet with a flat edged tool
  5. Use a plumber’s auger
  6. Apply baking soda and vinegar
  7. Pour dish soap dissolve in warm water
  8. Plunge with a plastic water bottle
  9. Pour a warm lime water and let it sit
  10. Call a plumber

Allow it to sit for 3-4 hours, then flush with water

Sometimes in life, the best way to solve a problem is to ignore it. Here is a perfect example of such. In most instances of a clogged toilet, heavy toilet and solid excrement are to blame.

If this is the case with you, then just let it lie. Allow it to sit for 3-4 hours. This will give the obstructions time to soften. Eventually you should see pieces of the tissue and excrement float to the surface. This is your signal that your wait is over.

Now is the time to flush. Simply ensure the wc tank is filled to its peak, then flush. Often a clog toilet in the morning will flush sometime in the afternoon. 

The solution in this instance is time.

Insert a 6 – 10 mm copper wire

Most clogs occur in the toilet trap. Want to know about toilet trap? Read these articles

Alright back to the toilet trap. Most clogs occur around this region. If this is so in your case, then you need strong, straight and narrow metal to ply them open.

A fine object that will resolve this, is your standard electric copper wire. Simply get one from your local electrical store. Look for a thickness of 6-10 millimeters. 

You can choose to rip it off its coating. This step is optional. 

Now all you need to do is push down the toilet bowl, pushing in and out with each movement. Do this every 30 to 60 seconds interval. Watchout for bubbles, or floating clog fragments. Try this for 3-5 minutes and attempt a flush. You should do this for 3-5 times.

If it flushes, you’re safe. If it doesn’t, move to other points mentioned below.

Insert a straightened metal coat hanger


How to unclog a toilet without a plunger

Assuming there are no electrical stores close by, and you still use metal cloth hangers, then you should storm your wardrobe for one such hanger.

  • Equip yourself with plier
  • Use it to unwrap the wind at the neck of the hanger
  • Straighten the hanger to form a straight lean rod
  • Now use the rod exactly as was described in the copper wire example above.

The concept is the same, and they’ll achieve the same goal when used properly. Do not limit yourself to the copper wire and cloth hanger examples. Here is where a little creativity is needed.

The idea is to get a tiny rod-like object that is tiny enough to be sunk down the toilet bowl, yet strong enough to push or break the clogging materials.

Clean out wc jet with a flat edged tool

Sometimes the problem is not the clogging material, but insufficient water pressure to flush down the stocked goods in the toilet. A little tweak to resolve low water pressure is to clear out the wc’s jet.

The jet is/are the opening from where flush water flows into the bowl. This is located beneath the rim, and at the bottom of the bowl.

To free up this water jet, employ the use of any flat portable object, like flat-tip screwdriver, an allen-key, the handle of a metal spoon (of course it will not return to kitchen service after this), or any similar device.

Use it to scrap the underside of the rim. And if your toilet bowl has a jet at the bottom, then do the same there too.

This will remove tiny blockages, and will in turn increase the flush water pressure.

You’ll find the best result when combined with other efforts to free up the clog, such as that mentioned in point 1 above.

Use a plumber’s auger

Also called plumber’s snake, augers come in different varieties. For example, hand augers, closet augers or toilet augers, drum augers. This equipment is more suited to free clogged toilets, even stubborn ones.

The problem is, it needs a skilled technician to handle it. In the wrong hands, it can cause damage to your bowl and pipes.

But if you can lay hands on your neighbor’s, and can find a skilled helper, then use it. If not, call a plumber. 

Apply baking soda and vinegar

Alright! It’s time to go organic. Not every problem is solved with brute force. Sometimes you clear the obstruction gently.

Baking soda and vinegar, both have similar properties, they react when mixed with other materials. When mixed together, it can produce an acidic reaction that will break down some of the clog particles.

To dissolve and free up clog particles:

  1. Ensure the wc is not filled to the brim, if it is, scoop some liquid out. If the water is foul, you might consider skipping this step, if not, move to step two
  2. Add a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, one cup each.
  3. Pour them inside the bowl.
  4. Allow it to rest for about 1 hours
  5. After the wait, flush the toilet again.

A crazy alternative is to use Andrew liver salt.

Dish soap and warm water

Dish soap is to clogged toilets as grease is to rust hinges. It lubricates and enables easy movement.

Apply a dish soap mixed with warm water of 40°C – 60°C. Do not use boiling or very hot water, as this can crack the ceramic bowl.

Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes and then attempt a flush.

Plunge with a plastic water bottle

How to unclog a toilet without a plunger

This is not some sci-fi YouTube video. But you can actually unclog your toilet with a plastic water bottle. The bottle does not do any magic, it simply tries to emulate the suction of the plunger. 

Although you might need to plunge it many times, and hopefully the water in the toilet bowl is clean enough to plunge the bottle in, cause you’ll definitely get some splash on your hands… or maybe not.

Assuming all the above are correct, here is how it works:

  1. Find an empty plastic water bottle with the cap intact.
  2. Cut open the bottom of the bottle, forming a round hole at the bottom
  3. Go to your wc and just plunge.
  4. You’ll have to do this several times
  5. If you notice the water reducing gradually, it means it’s working

Pour a warm lime water and let it sit

Limes are highly acidic and can be used to dissolve human waste. If you have a case of hard feces stuck in the toilet and causing a blockage

  • Add half a cup of lime water to warm water (40°C – 60°C)
  • Pour the mixture into a the toilet bowl, allow it to settle for 30 minutes, and
  • Attempt a flush

If all of these does not still work, move to the last and best option

Call a plumber

This is the last and best option of this list. If your plumber does not resolve it, call another plumber. If no plumber can resolve it, then maybe it’s time for a complete overhaul of your restroom. 

Or maybe you should try the squat system. We have a whole set of articles on this topic, you find some of them here:


A clogged toilet is bad enough. Not having a plunger handy only adds to the anxiety. But it doesn’t have to ruin your day.

Many have found that by applying one or more of the above options combined, they’re able to resolve their issues with clogged toilets.

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