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?