A plunger seems like the obvious solution for a DIYer. However, what if it doesn’t work? What if you have no plunger at all? What are the other options? Fortunately, you don’t need a plunger to unclog a toilet. Plenty of other methods are at your disposal.
Pour about a gallon of hot water down the drain. Do this gradually and let the water sit for several minutes. Mild heat may be enough to loosen hair and other clog-inducing debris.
When we say hot water, we mean hotter than lukewarm but not boiling. Boiling water can cause the ceramic to crack.
Pour about a cup of dish soap and let it sit for 30-minutes to an hour. Soap can break down some clogs. In lieu of dish detergent, you may also use shampoo or a similar cleaner that produces foam. Don’t use any fancy salon-grade cleaners; just stick with basic detergent. Continue Reading →