Home Remedy for a Clogged Toilet
March 23, 2013 in Homemade Cleaning Products
It‘s a crappy job, but someone’s got to do it. You have a clogged toilet, and you’re plumb out of ideas. Don’t use Drano®. While it does the trick, it’s also highly toxic. Along with the harmful fumes, it washes toxic solutions into the water. And that water doesn’t simply evaporate into the thin air.
So, how do you handle this messy problem? I have two excellent recipes that I’ve used, and they work very well. Either one of them is a great home remedy for a clogged toilet. If you have a more serious problem, you’ll probably need to call a plumber . . . if for instance, your child flushes Legos® down the toilet.
First Remedy for Unclogging Your Clogged Toilet
By far, this is the best natural toilet unclogger, using only dish soap, baking soda, and vinegar. It sounds so simple, but sometimes it’s the simple things that are really effective. This homemade drain declogger is super easy to make. Best of all, it doesn’t create toxic fumes or use harsh chemicals.
DIY Toilet Declogger Recipe
- 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
- 1 Cup Vinegar
- 1 Gallon Boiling Water
- 2 Teaspoons Dish Soap
Washing Away Your Clogged Toilet Worries
First, plunge the toilet. Although, your toilet is still clogged, you want to get rid of as much of the gunk as possible. Through plunging, you push some of the waste water into the pipes.
Now, boil one gallon of water on the stove. Don’t simply use hot water from the sink, but boiling water! Remove from heat and add the dish soap to the water. Then carefully pour the mixture in the toilet bowl. At this point, you should let the mixture sit for about 1/2 hour.
Next, flush the toilet and keep the plunger nearby. Pour the baking soda into the toilet and then add vinegar. This is where the magic happens. The baking soda and vinegar react with each other to clear the clog, eating away at the clog and reducing its size. Continue to pour in vinegar until everything stops foaming.
You may need to do try this procedure again until the clog is completely cleared. As an added benefit, the solution acts like a DIY drain cleaner too. After the clog has washed away, flush the toilet a few times to ensure everything is flowing.
Second Way to Unclog a Toilet
The second method for unclogging a toilet involves only two ingredients: hot water and dish soap. Wash away the gunk by simply putting an ample supply of dish soap in the toilet. Let it sit for several minutes. The soap will lubricate the inside of the toilet, causing the clogged debris to flow much easier. Then simply pour hot water in the bowl. You may need to repeat this a few times. Check out the following YouTube video from Build.com for more information about this effective home remedy for a clogged toilet.