How Do You Unclog a Toilet with Baking Soda and Vinegar?

You have a house full of guests, and you need to unclog a toilet fast! Here’s a simple and effective trick using baking soda and vinegar to save the day.

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Every year, without fail, there’s always a clogged toilet at a party. Why does this happen? According to the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, during large gatherings, you may be preparing large amounts of food and/or have more guests. Both of these combined will work harder than usual on your plumbing system. The surge of bathroom usage in a house, and maybe a mischievous kid caught stuffing the toilet with paper, can easily lead to a backed-up and clogged toilet.

Unclogging a toilet without a plunger or snake can be easy as long as you have two common household cleaners on hand. This baking soda and vinegar trick will keep you from getting caught in an out-of-order bathroom when you have dozens of people in your house. Baking soda and vinegar, when mixed, form a chemical reaction that looks like an eruption. This reaction can help clear your toilet and any pipe clogs. Follow the steps below carefully:

Step 1: Evaluate the Severity of the Clog

Tip: To prevent a minor clog, add all of the baking soda and vinegar at once. For a more severe backup, add the ingredients in smaller stages.

Step 2: Pour Baking Soda into the Toilet Bowl

Start with about ¼ to ½ of a cup at first. Remember, the more baking soda you use, the bigger the reaction.

Step 3: Pour the Same Amount of Vinegar into the Bowl

Wait a few minutes for the baking soda and vinegar to react before moving on to the next step.

Tip: The reaction will start as soon as the vinegar and baking soda mix. Expect a good amount of foaming before the reaction starts to settle down.

Step 4: Pour a Full Pot of Hot Water into the Toilet

The hot water helps push the clog out.

Step 5: Check the Toilet

The clog should be cleared, and the toilet should be reused. Repeat the above steps as necessary until the toilet is working smoothly. If you cannot remove the clog, it may be time to call in a professional.

If you encounter persistent issues with your toilet or any other plumbing fixtures, don’t hesitate to contact Llona Plumbing. We are licensed, qualified plumbers servicing Tampa Bay, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, and Manatee counties, with over 35 years of experience.

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Stay prepared and enjoy your gatherings without any plumbing worries!

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