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5 DIY Methods for Unclogging a Clogged Toilet Without a Plunger

Got a clogged toilet on your hands? Before you call the plumber or bust out the plunger, try one of the five DIY methods listed below, all of them incorporating common tools or ingredients easily found in your closet, kitchen or medicine cabinet.

If you already have liquid dishwashing soap in your kitchen, simply add a few squirts to your clogged bowl and then follow with a pot of hot water poured in from waist-level height. Ideally, the soapiness and the weight of the hot water being poured into the bowl will help clear out whatever is clogging your drain.

If that fails, you can also try the wire coat hanger method, the baking soda and white vinegar method, or the vacuum method (wet/dry vacuum cleaners only!).

If you have silicone muffin liners, you can also whip up a big batch of DIY toilet bombs out of baking soda, Epsom salt, and liquid dish detergent, then save them for future use.

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