It has happened to everyone at some point, especially those who routinely dispose of toilet paper in the toilet—suddenly, the drain becomes blocked, and your toilet or sink refuses to function properly. In severe cases, water may rise to the surface and even leak onto the floor.
Here, we present three foolproof methods to quickly unclog your toilet or sink without resorting to chemical products that could potentially harm your pipes.
1. Baking Soda and Vinegar
- Pour 8.8 ounces (250 grams) of baking soda directly into the toilet, allowing it to reach the water.
- Next, evenly add 16.9 ounces (500 ml) of vinegar to the toilet. When vinegar and baking soda mix, they create an effervescent reaction.
- Allow the mixture to sit for at least an hour, then flush the toilet normally.
2. Drain Plunger
- The plunger is still one of the most effective methods for unclogging a toilet or sink when used correctly.
- To enhance its effectiveness, soak the plunger in very hot water. The rubber will expand slightly, increasing the pressure.
- Use the plunger’s suction cup effect to clear the blocked pipe in just a few seconds.
- If you don’t have a specialized tool for unclogging toilets or sinks, you can use a metal coat hanger, such as those used by dry cleaners.
- The method is straightforward: use the hook to dislodge the material obstructing the pipe.
- After removing the obstruction, flush the toilet as usual to clear any remaining debris.