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The Best Way to Unclog a Toilet

You can probably think of hundreds of things you’d rather do than unclog your toilet, but use the right tools, and it’s no big deal. Blocked toilets happen for a wide range of reasons, but too much waste is usually the culprit. If your toilet won’t flush properly, don’t panic. Here are some tips on how to fix a clogged toilet.

Unclog a Toilet

1. Use a Plunger

A good plunger should unclog most toilets, although you might need to use a little elbow grease. You can find a plunger in most houseware stores. Look for products with rubber at the bottom. Cheap suction plungers just won’t do the job properly.

2. Make a Homemade Drain Cleaner

Don’t waste money on expensive toilet cleaning products. You can make your own drain cleaner with a few items from around your home. Baking soda and vinegar will unclog your toilet and leave it looking as good as new. Mix a few drops of apple cider vinegar and a spoonful of baking soda in a small glass and dilute it with some hot water. Then, pour it down your toilet, flush, and leave the solution to work its magic.

 

3. Use Liquid Soap (Or Shampoo)

If you don’t have access to a plunger or any of the above home remedies to unclog a toilet, liquid soap can fix the problem within seconds. Pour a small amount of the stuff down your toilet and flush.

“Shampoo can even work in a pinch. When you find some, pour a lot of it into the toilet bowl. It will act as a lubricant for whatever is causing the clog,” says LifeHacker.

4. Call a Plumber

If the above tips don’t work, it’s time to call in a professional plumbing company like Benjamin Franklin, who can diagnose the root cause of the problem and unclog your toilet properly. There could be an underlying issue that is causing the blockage, such as a broken pipe or malfunctioning tube.

If you have a clogged toilet, use a high-quality plumber, household ingredients or even liquid soap to resolve the problem. If this doesn’t work, hire a plumber.

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