5 genius ways to unclog your toilet without a plunger

Whether it’s in your own house or someone else’s, dealing with a clogged toilet is no one’s idea of a good time. And then when you realize there’s no plunger, things become even worse. But what can you do to unclog a toilet without a plunger on hand?

Surprisingly, there are several ways to unclog a toilet that don’t include a plunger. So next time you find yourself with a clog that just won’t flush, try one of these tips to avoid flooding your bathroom in the most disgusting possible way.
1. Dish soap (h/t Arron Bjorn)
An easy way to unclog your toilet with something you probably have on hand is to use liquid dish soap. Pour a generous amount of dish soap into your toilet and let it set for about 30 minutes. Come back with a bucketful of warm (not boiling) water and slowly pour it into the toilet. When your bucket is empty, flush your toilet again and watch the clog disappear.
2. Bleach (h/t WikiHow)
If the toilet is in danger of overflowing, then you’ll need something that works faster than dish soap. In this situation, pour 2 to 3 cups of bleach into the toilet bowl, followed by 1 cup of powdered soap. Wait 10 minutes and then flush the toilet to remove the clog.
4. Hanger (h/t Life Hacker)
In the case that no other options are working, you can always try using a wire hanger to unclog your toilet. Uncoil the hanger until it’s fairly straight and then start poking it down into the drain hole. It will start to break up the clog until you’re able to safely flush without worrying about the water running over.
5. Plastic wrap (h/t Tips & Crafts)
Sometimes you find yourself completely out of options when it comes to unclogging your toilet. When this happens, head to the kitchen and grab a roll of plastic wrap. Completely cover your toilet bowl with the plastic wrap and then flush the toilet. When the wrap starts to bubble upward, firmly press down on it. The pressure from the trapped air will force the clog through your pipes and out of your life.
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