How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

There are many options on how to unclog a toilet without a plunger

You will uncover many different ways to unclog your toilet fast, some work, some don’t.  We debunk those myths below.

Read on for advice on unclogging your toilet without a plunger!

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How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger Quick List

There are a ton of ways to unclog a toilet without a plunger.  Here is out quick list to get your started.

  1. Toilet Auger
  2. Baking Soda and Vinegar
  3. Salts
  4. Hot Water (Our Top Choice)
  5. Baking Soda (by itself)
  6. Bleach

The best way to unclog a toilet is with a toilet auger.  The second best way is with a plunger.  But what if you have neither of those tools in your house?  If you’re toilet is clogged and you need to get it running again FAST, there are 6 ways you can try.  

We will go through each method below and let you know if they work, or if you should just forget about even trying.

Unclogging a Toilet without a Plunger: 5 Methods to Try

You might wonder, what can I use if I don’t have a plunger? Here are 5 home remedies that you can try that should do the trick. #3 is our favorite!

#1. Baking Soda and Vinegar

The chemical reaction from combining hot water, baking soda, and vinegar can happen in your toilet bowl to clear out clogs.  Banish your clogged toilet mess!

Honestly, its the hot water that actually clears out your clog by melting and dissolving enough of your clog to let your pipes run clear.  For a short time anyways.  Unclogging a toilet permanently is not this easy.

The gunk and grime that caused your clog is probably still lurking in the elbows and corners of your pipes, just waiting for the perfect time to clog up again.  A toilet auger will clean all that gunk from the sides of your pipes, preventing clogs for a long time to come.

#2. Salts

We have seen different types of salts recommended for clearing out toilet clogs.  Rock salt is the most popular for unclogging a toilet.  Rock salts are definitely not something I have lying around the house.  I would have to make a special trip to the store.  If you have to do that, just buy a budget toilet auger instead.

With using salts, once again, you’re using hot water to wash the salt down your drain.  It’s the hot water that is clearing your pipe of grease and gunk.  In short time, your toilet will start clogging again because the main cause of your clogging issue is still in your pipes.

#3. Hot Water

This is the method we recommend to try if you don’t have a plunger or a toilet auger.  Everything else is a waste of time and money on supplies.

Make sure your bowl is about half full.  Pour hot, but not boiling water, into your bowl and let it sit. The hot water should melt away some of the gunk that’s collected in your pipes.  When that happens, you’ll notice the water level in your toilet bowl start to slowly go down.  Wait until then and try to flush it.  Have towels and a a mop/bucket handy in case the bowl overflows.

Then, grab yourself a plunger or a toilet auger ASAP.

#4. Baking Soda (by itself)

The answer is don’t waste your baking soda.  The hot water that you’re using to run the baking soda down your toilet bowl is what’s melting the gunk in your pipes. It’s only a short term solution.  Your clogged toilet will return. Save your baking soda.

#5. Bleach

Septic tank users beware!  This option is NOT for you if you’re on a septic system.  You pour diluted bleach down your toilet bowl and let it sit for awhile.  Fill the bowl with hot water and wait again.  Once again, its the HOT WATER that’s actually doing the most work here and NOT the bleach.  Save the bleach for your laundry or disinfecting.


How to unclog a toilet without a plunger is not impossible.  You CAN get your toilet running again for a short while.  After you’ve unclogged your toilet this time, grab yourself a plunger or a toilet auger to make your life easier.