Unplug your toilet with this simple and ingenious trick – no plunger required – CNET

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You can only clean most clogged toilets with soap, hot water, and some time.

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For many years I have practiced and refined the old art of clogging a clogged toilet without having to use a plunger. Why not just buy a piston? Simply put, I never had to because of this special part Washroom Wizardry, This technique is particularly useful if you ever stare at a clogged chest of drawers in someone otherwise it is Bathroom without a piston in sight – a situation in which you understandably are reluctant to request a backup.

I didn't invent this particular plunger-less plunging method – the same basic technique can be found across the web in plumbing and DIY blogs, both mainstream and in the dark – but I can attest to its strength and power.

In fact, the next time you clog a toilet for any reason, even if you do to do Have a plunger ready. Try this instead and avoid the tangy, dripping, and unsanitary mess that a plunger can cause.

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Dishwashing detergent works best, but if necessary soap is enough. Then all you need is hot water and something you can use to put it in the toilet, like a small waste bin.

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Most bathrooms have everything you need

To do this trick, you need three things that can be found in almost every bathroom: soap, hot water, and a vessel to transfer the water to the toilet bowl. Dishwashing liquid and a 5-gallon bucket work best, but if secrecy is paramount and leaving the toilet would go beyond your cover, a small plastic waste container and a few pumps from a hand soap dispenser will do.

To prepare, you should let the hot water run in the sink or tub and give it enough time to reach its maximum temperature. You don't want (or need to) to use boiling water that could damage or worse, hurt the porcelain of the toilet she, Let the tap get as hot as possible – it will be hot enough.

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While waiting for hot water, clear everything off the floor, like sheds and bath mats. You will of course be very careful to avoid any spillage, but better safe than wet.

Mix the potion

The goal is to make the liquid in the toilet bowl as hot and soapy as possible without overflowing. You can either pour (or pump) soap directly into the bowl and then add hot water, or you can mix the soap with the hot water before adding it to the bowl.

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Many waste bins in the bathroom are small enough to fit under the sink. If this is not the case, you can use the bathtub or the shower tap.

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I prefer to put soap directly into the toilet bowl if the clog doesn't leave a lot of space (e.g. less than an inch). This ensures a high soap-water ratio. However, if there is enough space above the waterline (an inch or more), pre-mixing will provide a more even soap distribution.

You really can't overdo the soap at this point. You won't upset the solution so you don't create a foam volcano when you go overboard. I'm not saying you have to pour the whole bottle in, but I'm not saying you shouldn't either. From a tablespoon to half a cup, everything should work.

Carefully and carefully add the hot water

Mixing everything in the toilet bowl is the step that requires the most finesse. You want to increase the average water temperature and bring the soap into every crack, but you don't necessarily want to make a slurry with what's already there.

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Add 10 to 100 sprays of hand soap to your solution – you really can't overdo it.

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So don't use anything to stir it up. Instead, don't be afraid to pour your hot water – throw it in there. Just be careful not to overfill.

Most toilet backups are not total blockages, so there is a good chance that yours will drain slowly first. Keep an eye on the water level and keep adding hot water as it descends to keep it full. If the constipation is not too persistent, the additional pressure of a full toilet bowl should help to get the secured matter through fairly quickly.

If everything else fails, time is on your side

The worst scenario is that the clog is jammed too tight and the steps above don't push it down immediately. In this case, you don't have to call a plumber or go to the hardware store.

Give him some time so that the hot soapy water clears the constipation. Go away, close the bathroom door, and wait 30 to 60 minutes before checking again. If you do this, you may be pleasantly surprised that your drain problem has disappeared.

Your toilet isn't the only piece of household that can get clogged, but luckily, there are equally quick, clean, and efficient ways to solve other simple house installation problems. If the drain in your kitchen is causing you grief, check it Three techniques for clogging your sink, If your shower head no longer applies the pressure it used to have, do the following Break up mineral deposits in your shower head, If you have clarified this disposal, you should use it wisely and Rinse your refrigerator with this easy-to-understand guide,

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