If you’re like me, you love to live in a home that’s always clean. But sometimes it’s just not possible! In this case, though, there are some simple steps that can help unclog your toilet or drain quickly and easily.

Wear rubber gloves.

Wearing rubber gloves is a good idea when you’re trying to unclog your toilet or drain. Rubber gloves protect your hands, which can get damaged by caustic chemicals that are released into the air when you use a chemical drain cleaner. They also help prevent damage to other areas of the bathroom, including your sink and flooring.

Fill a 5-gallon bucket with hot water.

Fill a 5-gallon bucket with hot water. This can be done by taking the hot water from your tap, or using a large pot and adding it directly to the bucket. It’s important that you use enough water so that when you pour it into the drain it will have enough force to push any clogs down into their hole, but not too much that it floods out of the pipe. The amount of pressure required depends on many factors including how large your drain is and how long ago it was clogged up (more information below).

If possible, try pouring some of this hot liquid down each pipe one by one until they are all clear before moving on to another section; otherwise use an auger (available at most hardware stores) which will allow for more thorough cleaning than pouring alone would provide—as well as making sure every last bit gets flushed away from inside corners where rats live!

Add half a cup of baking soda to the bucket.

  • Add half a cup of baking soda to the bucket.
  • Pour in warm water, and mix it up with your hands until all the baking soda dissolves into the solution (you can use a whisk if you prefer).
  • Flush!

Soak a rag or thick cloth in the baking soda and water solution, wring it out, and cover the drain.

To unclog your toilet or drain, use a cloth or rag soaked in baking soda and water. Make sure you fill the sink with hot water that’s at least as hot as the cold water in your pipes (if they are not, add more hot). Soak the rag or thick cloth until it begins to turn white with sweat.

Wring out the cloth before wringing out any excess liquid. Now cover all openings to your toilet or drain with this wetted rag and wait 5 minutes for it to soften up; then remove it from above your toilet bowl (or pour some hot water over any clogged area) and flush away!

Wait five minutes, then remove the cloth.

When you’re finished, wait five minutes before removing the cloth. If it’s still clogged after that time, then you’ll have to wait another five minutes and try again.

If your toilet or drain continues to be slow-moving even after waiting several hours (or days), call a plumber!

Flush the toilet or pour more of the hot water down the drain.

If the clog is small and you can’t see any debris, flush the toilet to remove any remaining debris.

If there is still debris in your drain after flushing, pour more hot water down it until you’re able to get rid of it (or until your pipes start running clear).

If this doesn’t work, call a professional plumber!

Repeat if necessary.

If the clog is still there, repeat the process.

If the clog is gone, you are done. You can try using a chemical drain opener or hiring a professional to clean out your toilet.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Persistence is key when it comes to unclogging a toilet or drain. Don’t give up! Use the tips below to get your drain back in working order as quickly as possible.


Hopefully this guide has helped you unclog your toilet or drain by giving you the tools and knowledge needed to get the job done. Remember that if it seems like there’s still a lot of baking soda left over after your first few tries, don’t be afraid to try again! You just might find that getting rid of some stubborn crud is actually quite easy once you know how.


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