Step 3 – Add Soap
If the previous step didn’t completely take care of the problem, the next step is to try adding some soap. Dish soap, hand soap, or even shampoo can help get the clog moving through the pipes!
Just squirt a few tablespoons of soap or shampoo into the toilet bowl, wait a couple more minutes, then flush. The combination of the hot water and soap should be enough to unclog a toilet and get the water moving again!
2. DIY Clog-Busting Toilet “Bombs”
The second method I want to share isn’t quite as useful as the plumber’s trick for situations that may arise when you’re out and about. However, keeping a container of these fizzy toilet “bombs” in your own bathrooms can certainly make it easier for both you and your guests to unclog a toilet quickly and easily!
How To Make Them
Ingredients & Supplies:
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1/4 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup dish soap
- Silicone mold
Add the baking soda and Epsom salt to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add the dish soap a little bit at a time, stirring after each addition, until the mixture feels like wet sand.
Divide the mixture evenly among the cavities of a silicone mold, pack them tightly, then set the mold aside to dry overnight. Once your toilet bombs are completely dry, remove them from the mold and store them in an airtight container.
How To Use Them
To unclog a toilet, drop one of the bombs into the toilet bowl, pour in a quart or so of hot water, then let it sit for as long as possible (an hour is ideal). The ingredients and hot water will work together to break down the clog, and you should only need to flush to fix the clogged toilet!
For this method, you only need one thing: borax. While borax is commonly used as a laundry booster, it’s useful in a variety of other cleaning applications too, including helping to fix a clogged toilet!
To use it, start by shutting off the water supply to the toilet. Pour about 1/2 cup borax into the toilet bowl, let sit for 5-10 minutes, then follow with a bucket of hot water.