Can Bleach Help Unclog My Toilet?

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Don’t have a plunger or chemical drain cleaner? Wondering how to unclog a toilet without a plunger or other purpose-made drain cleaning products? You may want to turn to your trusty bottle of bleach.

Bleach Can Break Down Clogs And Help Unclog Your Toilet

Bleach is very high in chlorine, which can break down and destroy organic material like toilet paper, hair, and some kinds of fats and grease. It’s not as effective for drain cleaning as professional drain cleaner, but it may work for smaller clogs in a pinch.

To try this for yourself, pour about 2-3 cups of bleach into the toilet bowl, and allow it to sink into the drain pipe. Then, turn on the water and flush the toilet to see if the clog breaks up. Wear rubber gloves to avoid getting the bleach on your hands.

Other DIY Unclogging Ideas To Try Before You Call A Plumber

Don’t have bleach on hand? Here are a few other techniques you can try to clear clogged drains and restore your toilet.

  • Baking soda and vinegar – Dump in about a cup of baking soda and let it settle to the bottom of the toilet bowl. Then, flush the toilet and pour in 1-2 cups of vinegar. The vinegar will react with the baking soda, expanding and breaking apart toilet debris.
  • Dish soap & boiling water – Pour about a half cup of dish soap into the toilet bowl. Then, boil water and dump 3-4 cups of hot water into the bowl and flush the toilet. The dish soap can help lubricate and break apart the clog, and unclog the toilet.
  • Wire hanger – If you have a spare wire hanger on hand, untwist it to create a long length of wire. Then, feed it down the toilet drain as far as you can until you reach the clog, and move the hanger around to break apart the clog as much as possible.

If none of these work, it may be a good idea to head to your local hardware store to pick up a plunger, some chemical drain cleaner and a toilet auger/drain snake.

  • Plunger – Place the plunger over the drain, covering it completely, and push up and down to create a suction seal and break up the clog.
  • Chemical drain cleaner – Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and pour the cleaner down the toilet bowl, allowing it to work for 30-60 minutes. Flush the toilet to help break up the clog.
  • Toilet auger/drain snake – A drain snake or auger is the best way to break up tough toilet clogs. These are made of long, flexible steel tubing with a drill-like tip. You simply feed the tubing down the drain until you hit the clog. Then, you’ll twist the auger to dig into the clog and break it apart.

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