How To Unclog A Toilet Without A Plunger

02/26/2015 03:43 pm ET | Updated Feb 26, 2015

How do you unclog a toilet without a plunger?

Yes, there's an actual legit answer to that question. Apparently, you can indeed unclog a toilet even if a plunger is MIA, and it's about to become our new favorite bathroom hack.

Take a deep breath (okay, maybe not if the smell is funky), and calm down -- then set your sights on a few things you'll need to handle the backup and get out of there.

The technique requires a toilet that isn't overflowing since you'll need to add liquid to the bowl, as Instructables notes. (If your toilet is overflowing or looks like it might, Creative Homemaking suggests getting a little more creative/disgusting by removing the water manually first.) Let the bathroom games begin!

STEP 1: Squirt generous amounts of dish soap or shampoo into the clogged toilet. You can also cut a bar of soap into pieces and use that instead, according to HowStuffWorks.

STEP 2: Add a gallon of very hot (but not boiling) water to the bowl.

STEP 3: Wait a few minutes and watch -- the water should break up the toilet paper, and the soap should help it slide down the pipe. You may need to repeat steps 1 & 2, or unravel a wire hanger and use that to gently push the debris down the pipe.

And if that doesn't work, just use this Korean suction device... because why not make a gross situation even more revolting?

  • This is Kelley...
    ...she's a blogger over at A Domestic Life.
  • And this is her cute little house.
  • Inside, her bathroom wasn't quite as charming.
    Though it did have some perks: "It still has the original floor and wall tile – that amazing black and white 1950’s tile you see destroyed, cracked or damaged beyond repair in a lot of houses these days," Kelley writes.
  • So she set out to transform it.
  • But not without hitting a few bumps in the road...
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    And Kelley was able to pull it all off for under $200, she says.
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