How to unclog your toilet – without a plunger
In the unfortunate case your toilet clogs, and you’re without a plunger – what should you do? Instead of panicking, go into your kitchen. Chances are you have what you need all in the same place.
Baking soda and vinegar – remove as much water as you first, then add one or two cups of baking soda. Next, slowly add white vinegar because it will bubble and flow over if you go too fast.
Let the mixture sit for around 30 minutes before pouring hot but not boiling water into the toilet to avoid burning your pipes.
The clog should clear and the toilet should start draining. If it doesn’t, try repeating the process.
Dish soap or shampoo – if you’re lacking baking soda or white vinegar, soap and hot water makes a good alternative.
Drop a few teaspoons of soap into the toilet and let it drain for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, you can heat water and wait until it’s hot but not boiling to avoid causing damage.
How this works is that the soap should loosen the clog while the hot water will force it down. Take care not to scald yourself in the process and you should be fine. Wait 30 minutes and if it doesn’t work, repeat the process.