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How to unblock a toilet – six household products you can use


Toilets can get blocked at any point, and often the first thought is to ring a professional or try and buy a specialist drain unblocker. However, both of these strategies can be costly. Instead, several household items are able to shift blockages in no time.

You don’t need to use any strong chemicals or costly methods.

Bathroom specialists, Drench, have put together six ways to unblock the toilet without the need for a plumber or even a plunger.

All you need to do is have a hunt around your home for any of these household items.

Read on for more tips on how to unblock your toilet easily.

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How to unblock a toilet

1. Pop The Kettle On

Hot water can sometimes soften a blockage enough to dislodge it and clear the drain.

When using hot water, make sure it isn’t completely boiling as this could crack the porcelain.

Boil your kettle, then pour the hot water into the bowl and allow it to sit for three minutes.

Then, flush the toilet and hopefully, the blockage should have cleared.

If your blockage remains you can try again before moving onto another method.

Drench only recommends using the hot water method if the water level is relatively low in the toilet bowl.

If it’s high you don’t want to be adding extra water to it.

2. Washing Up Liquid

An easy method using something we all have in our homes, washing up liquid can be used to break down a stubborn blockage.

Pour half a mug of washing up liquid into your toilet.

Pour it so it forms a ring around the bowl then pour the rest across the water. Leave the washing up liquid to work for 30 minutes.

Next, take a bucket of hot water and pour it into the toilet. The force of the water should help to dislodge the blockage further.

Leave the washing up liquid for a further ten minutes then flush your toilet. Keep an eye on the waterline.

If some water has started to drain away, even if the blockage hasn’t completely cleared, it’s likely the washing up liquid is working and you can try again. If not, move onto another method.

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4. Cling Film

A slightly unorthodox method, but cling film can be effective when trying to unblock a toilet.

It’s important to note this method may not work if you have low water pressure.

First, dry out the top of the toilet using paper towels. You might want to wear a pair of gloves for this.

Next, add three layers of cling film to the top of your toilet. You’ll need to press the cling film down fairly firmly in order to create a seal.

You can now flush the toilet. At this point, the pressure caused by the flush should cause the cling film to balloon upwards.

Push down gently on the ballooned cling film. This will reverse the suction caused by the flush which should dislodge the blockage in a similar way to a plunger.

If your cling film didn’t balloon, Drench recommends trying to create a tighter seal.

If that still doesn’t work or it did but the blockage remains, move onto the plunger.

5. Wire Coat Hanger

If you haven’t got any specialist tools to hand, you can try using a wire coat hanger.

Before you start, there is a risk of scratching your toilet bowl with this method, so if you’re at all concerned about the condition of your toilet, don’t risk it!

This is also a method that will work best alongside one of the methods above that can loosen the blockage, with the coat hanger simply breaking up the last few pieces.

Unwind your coat hanger so it’s straight with a u-shape at the end. This U shape will go up the u-bend to shift the blockage.

Once you’ve got the coat hanger up the u-bend, you’ll need to push and pull it to try and move the blockage. If this doesn’t work, you may need to purchase a toilet auger.

6. Grab The Long Gloves & Unblock By Hand

This won’t be the most pleasant job in the world, but if the blockage has been caused by a small object such as a child’s toy, your first step should be to try and remove it by hand.

Before you do this, grab a pair of gloves with long arms and consider wearing eye protection in case of any splashes.


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