Don't fear the clog ...
Sure, we always point to death and taxes as life's guarantees, but I think we're missing one – clogging the toilet. It's probably safe to say that anyone reading this has, at some point, clogged a toilet and that's okay, as long as you have access to the proper tools. But, what if you don't? What if you've just moved and you don't have a plunger? It's time to be calm, be brave, and try this clog mitigation maneuver before you call for help.
Now, it should be noted that this is only advisable if the toilet isn't overflowing. The last thing you want is water all over the floor. In that case, just ask for help – it's okay, we've all done it.
But if it's not overflowing, give this a shot:
Add a good amount of shampoo, dish soap, or cut a bar of soap into small pieces and throw into the water. The idea is that the soap will help break down the toilet paper and lubricate the areas around the clog.
Add about a gallon of hot water to the bowl. Hot water helps soften things up – need we go into more detail? I think we'll pass.
Wait for five minutes or so and keep an eye on things. You should see things start to break up a bit. If not, repeat the first two acts. If that still doesn't work, try unraveling a clothes hanger and push it as far down there as you can, within reason.
Give it a flush, and voilà! Hopefully, your problem becomes our little secret.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any additional tips on unclogging a toilet without a plunger? If so, let us know in the comments section!