How to Unclog a Toilet Without Snaking

A blockage somewhere in the toilet can cause the water in the bowl to overflow onto your bathroom floor. Quickly turn off the water to the toilet beneath the tank to avoid flooding the bathroom before attempting to unclog the toilet. Try to flush the toilet once more after you turn off the water supply. If the toilet fails to flush a second time, you can unclog the toilet without having to resort to the use of chemicals or snaking the drain.

Try a plunger on your toilet clog.
  1. Insert a plunger into the toilet bowl. Add water to cover the plunger if necessary. Forcefully pump the plunger up and down to create a vacuum, dislodging the blockage from the toilet.
  2. Don rubber gloves and use an old drinking glass or jar to drain the clogged toilet bowl of water. Squeeze 1/8 to 1/4 cup of liquid dishwashing detergent into the toilet bowl. Pour hot water obtained from the faucet into the toilet immediately after adding the detergent to dislodge the clog. Do not pour boiling water in to the toilet as this could crack the porcelain bowl.
  3. Remove as much water as possible from the clogged toilet bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl. Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the toilet. Pour hot water from the faucet into the toilet to flush the clog.

Things You Will Need

  • Plunger
  • Rubber gloves
  • Old drinking glass or jar
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar


  • Try removing obstructions, such as toys and facecloths, with your hands rather than attempt to push them further down the drain line.

About the Author

Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.

Photo Credits

  • Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images