How to Unclog a Toilet with Baking Soda

How to unclog a toilet with baking soda is a cheap and environmentally friendly option. 

Let me explain how to use baking soda to unclog a toilet and how, it might not be doing what you think it is. 

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How to Unclog a Toilet with Baking Soda 

If you’re toilet is clogged up and you are desperate, you may try anything and everything to get that toilet unclogged.  I know what that feels like.  But what if you don’t have a toilet auger, or money for a plumber, maybe it’s 3am, maybe little Timmy has a stomach bug and you NEED that toilet running NOW! 

Let’s talk about baking soda and how to use it to unclog your toilet fast. 

Baking soda is not the cure all for your toilet clogs. Most folks advise to combine baking soda with vinegar and hot water to create a reaction, leaving it to bubble for 10-30 mins in your toilet bowl. Then, you would pour hot water very slowly into your toilet bowl. Some folks recommend leaving it in your toilet bowl overnight.  As if you have time to wait for a toilet to magically unclog!

Do not use anything in your toilet that causes a chemical reaction like chemical drain cleaners. These chemicals produce HEAT and your porcelain toilet doesn’t expand and contract with temperature, so it could CRACK.
Baking soda and vinegar are safe: they actually cause a drop in temperature and shouldn’t affect your toilet.

How to Unclog a Toilet with Baking Soda: Facts 

It isn’t the baking soda and vinegar unclogging your toilet, it’s the very hot water melting away some of the gunk that caused your clog.  Here are our quick tips for unclogging your toilet fast.

Steps to Unclogging Your Toilet Fast

#1.  Make sure that your toilet bowl is only half full or less

#2.  Pour in hot water

#3.  Wait anywhere from 10 to 30 mins

#4.  Use a plunger if you have one, if not, just try flushing your toilet

Even if this technique works to break up the clog, the main reason the clog started in the first place is still there. It will come back to haunt you another day, when you least expect it.    As it collects more and more gunk, the main clog will once again grow big enough to clog your toilet pipe. 

As a short term solution, you can use JUST hot water to slowly melt away the clog.  If you have a plunger, you can also use it to help get your toilet unclogged.   Save your baking soda and vinegar for another day.

Afterwards, look at buying a toilet auger or snake to have in your tool box for the next time a clog happens in your toilet.  Because it will. 


How to unclog a toilet with baking soda is basically a myth and the hot water is really doing all the work.  Save your baking soda for baking and just use either some hot water or buy a toilet auger and get your poop down the shoot!