What is the quickest and easiest way to clear a blocked toilet without a plunger?
Fortunately, the answer is simple and you probably already have just the right tool to clear a blocked toilet in right there in your cleaning cupboard.
There are plenty of methods of how to clear a blocked toilet without a plunger bouncing around on the internet and a quick google search will suggest all sorts of things from using hot water and dish soap or bicarbonate of soda and vinegar or even digging around with a wire coat hanger. While we have found that all of these approaches can be effective ways to clear a blocked toilet, none of them are the best way to clear a blocked toilet without a plunger and they can be a bit hit 'n miss.
The best way to clear a blocked toilet without a plunger is with a mop!
- You will need:
A mop & bucket (mops with the string type heads are best)
A plastic bag or cling wrap
and a clothes peg for your nose!
- Step 1
Fill your mop bucket with warm water and bleach.
No, this isn't going to help you to clear a blocked toilet, but it will be handy to clean your mop with afterwards, and also the bathroom floor if you get a bit over-enthusiastic with your plunger technique!!
- Step 2
Cover the mop head with a plastic bag or cling wrap, this will stop your mop getting covered in 'fresh produce'... thank me later 😉
- Step 3
Slowly lower the mop head into the toilet bowl so as not to splash the dirty water everywhere and make even more of a mess than you already have, then when the mop is at the bottom of the toilet bowl start using a pumping action to force the water through and dislodge the blockage. the idea is not to break the seal between the mop and the porcelain, so small rapid up and down movements are best, keep doing this until the blocked toilet clears.. they usually go with a big satisfying gurgle
- Step 4
Give the toilet a good couple of (full) flushes to make sure that you've been successful in clearing your blocked toilet without a plunger.
If the water still isn't getting away as quickly as it usually does, or if your toilet gurgles and sucks air through at the end of the flush this means that there is still a partial blockage, in which case you'll need to keep flushing and plunging. Keep the mop in the toilet while you give it a flush and use the mop to really force the water through and to unblock the toilet.
- Step 5
Once you're happy that you've succeeded in clearing your blocked toilet without a plunger its time to unwrap the mop, have a quick clean up and then most importantly give yourself a big pat on the back for a job well done!
Why do I think that this is the best method to clear a blocked toilet without a plunger?
This trick is a 'trade secret' that has been used by plumbers for many years, I even know plumbers that carry a mop in their truck specifically for unblocking a toilet. It's fast and effective and uses the mechanical action of forcing the water through to clear a blocked toilet. Other methods of clearing a blocked toilet without a plunger, such as pouring hot water and dish soap or bicarbonate-of-soda and vinegar are extremely unreliable and if they do work, are extremely slow and involve a lot of waiting and watching, always unsure of whether it is actually unblocking a toilet or not.
The good old bent coathanger trick can be useful to retrieve foreign objects such as toy cars or the clip on type toilet fresheners, but we still find that by far the best way to clear a blocked toilet without a plunger is just with the humble old mop.