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Dealing with a clogged toilet is one of the most stressful, unpleasant, and annoying situations to deal with, especially when it’s poop that’s causing the blockage. Here are some useful tips to unclog a toilet with poop in it without having to spend money on a plumber’s services.
1. A Plunger
Plunging is the fastest, easiest, and least messy way to unclog a toilet with poop in it. Place the plunger inside the toilet bowl at the opening of the drain and move it up and down to create a vacuum. Start slowly, and slowly increase the speed. When you can no longer see the poop, flush the toilet.
If the water level takes more time than usual to decrease, it could mean that the poop is still stuck somewhere deep in the drain, even if it can’t be seen. Repeat the procedure and flush again until the water level goes down quickly.
2. A Toilet Brush
If a plunger is unavailable, a toilet brush would be your next best option. The toilet brush is a highly effective tool to unclog poop in your toilet, but you would, of course, have to throw it out once you’re done.
Wear a pair of gloves and jam the handle end of the toilet brush down into the bowl and drain to push the poop down or break it up. Flush twice to send everything down.
3. Cloth Hanger
If you don’t want to sacrifice your toilet brush, you can always use a wire cloth hanger if you have one on hand.
Unfold the hanger (use a pair of pliers to make the job easier) to its full length. Then, wrap a piece of cloth around one end or curl it backwards so that it won’t scratch and damage your toilet bowl and drain.
Use it in the same way as the toilet brush, pushing at the poop vigorously. If the poop doesn’t go down, the hanger would at least break it up until it can be flushed down. Flush a few times and clean the bowl well.
4. Dish Soap and Hot Water
This method requires some time and patience so if you’re in a hurry, you might want to consider a quicker option.
Begin by pouring a bucket of hot water into the toilet bowl. It should be hot but not boiling, since boiling water can damage your drain pipes and crack the bowl.
Pour enough until all the water in the toilet bowl is hot and then pour in about one cup of dish soap (you may need more depending on how big the clog is). Leave it to sit for about 10 – 20 minutes.
The poop will start to soften and slowly disintegrate until it goes down the drain on its own. After one or two flushes, the toilet bowl should be completely unclogged but if not, repeat the procedure once more, this time leaving the mixture to sit for about 30 minutes to an hour.
5. Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda mixed with vinegar makes an effective drain cleaner that can also be used to clear up toilets clogged with poop. There are two ways you can do this.
The first method involves pouring one cup of baking soda into the toilet followed by a cup of vinegar (don’t pour all the vinegar at once, since it will make the toilet water fizz and overflow). When it stops fizzing, flush the toilet once or twice to clear it completely.
For the second option, add one cup each of baking soda and vinegar into a bucket of hot water. The water should not be too hot, because it would prevent the baking powder from reacting with the vinegar.
Pour the mixture from waist level into the toilet bowl and leave it overnight. This should give it enough time to disintegrate the poop and clear the bowl completely. Flush a few times and clean the toilet bowl.
6. Baking Soda and Plastic Wrap
If you’ve run out of vinegar, try this method using baking soda and a plastic wrap. Pour a bucket of hot water into the clogged toilet bowl along with the baking soda.
Cover the opening of the toilet with plastic wrap, making sure that it’s properly sealed. Let it sit for 60-90 minutes and flush the toilet.
The plastic wrap will start to slowly bubble up. When this happens, press it down lightly to force the air back down and the air pressure inside will force the poop down the pipe.
For severely clogged toilets, pour two or three cups of bleach into the bowl and wait for about 30 minutes. During this time, the bleach should dissolve the poop.
Flush the toilet a few times to clear it completely. If the poop is still there, try adding in a cup of powdered soap with the bleach and leave it for another 20 minutes before flushing it again. For less stubborn clogs, one to two cups of bleach should do the job.
This method is fairly easy to do and doesn’t take up a lot of time. Pour some hot water into the toilet (remember: hot, not boiling) with one or two cups of shampoo. You can use any type of shampoo you have.
The purpose of the shampoo is to soften the poop, making it slide down the drain. When you can no longer see the poop, pour in some more hot water and then flush the toilet to remove any residue.
If the water in the bowl doesn’t reduce to normal levels, it means that the poop is still stuck in the drain even though it can’t be seen. In this case, repeat the procedure with another one to two cups of shampoo and flush a few times.
Commercial chemicals are highly effective at unclogging toilets by disintegrating the poop and they can also handle bigger and harder clogs.
Simply pour the product into the toilet according to the given instructions and wait for about 5-15 minutes before flushing the toilet.
10. Plain Hot Water
Sometimes, plain hot water can unclog a toilet bowl with poop in it just as effectively as chemicals. Pour a bucket of hot water into the bowl, let it sit for a few minutes and then flush.
You may have to do this several times for bigger and more difficult clogs, leaving it for at least 10 minutes at a time and flushing a few times in between.
The Bottom Line
Most of the time, non-invasive methods like using chemicals, baking soda and hot water will help unclog a toilet by dissolving the poop in it.
However, if the situation is dire, you’d most likely to have to go for an invasive option, such as the plunger or the toilet brush.
The method you choose depends on how much poop has clogged up the toilet. If the toilet hasn’t been cleaned well recently, the poop can come with the dirt in it, causing a serious clog. Depending on how bad the clog is, there’s a high possibility that none of these methods would work, in which case you would have to call a plumber to get