How To Plunge Your Toilets Correctly

Clogged toilets will produce a foul smell and spill-over dirty water which could be disgusting, moreover, they can also be a health hazard. To clean a clogged toilet, first, turn off the water supply, this will stop the toilet from overflowing. The first and best method to try to clear a blocked toilet is plunging. In this blog, let's talk about how to prevent toilet clogs from happening in the first place.

How to Unclog a Toilet with Plunger

First of all, you need a plunger to do this task. There is a wide range of plungers available for different kinds of plunging fixtures.


  • Cup plunger or common sink plunger
  • Toilet plunger or flange plunger
  • Accordion plunger

One of the most common types is the sink plunger that has a dome-shaped rubber cup which is ideal for tubs and sinks. The plunger that is best suited for toilets is a flange plunger. It has a cup plus a sleeve-like extension (the flange) at the bottom of the cup. This design will fit well into the hole in your toilet bowl and result in superior suction power.

What Do You Need to Plunge Your Toilet?

  • Rubber gloves
  • Toilet plunger
  • Water to fill the toilet bowl

Few steps to Unclog a Toilet

Plunging a toilet is a hazardous task. You can place an old cloth around the base of the toilet to avoid splashes out during plunging.

Wear your gloves for safety

If the toilet bowl is full just remove half of the fluid with a cup, bowl, or another container. If there is no water in the bowl add some. The idea is to ensure the head of the plunger is submerged.

Use the plunger lower into the toilet bowl and fit the rubber cup over the toilet’s drain hole.

Grip the plunger handle with both hands. Move the cup up and down without breaking the cup’s seal around the hole. Do this for about 10 to 20 seconds and then remove the plunger.

Flush the toilet. If it goes normally, you have done it. If the toilet is still clogged, repeat the process.

If the problem continues, you might want to try a toilet auger.

For reusage, wash your gloves, towels, and the container used to move water in or out of the toilet.

Other Methods for Clearing a Toilet Clog

There are a few methods that may work out for clearing a toilet clog, let's see what are they.

Soap and Hot water

For this, you need rubber gloves, liquid dish soap, a gallon of water, and a plastic cup.

Heat a gallon of water until it's hot. If it's too hot, it might crack your toilet bowl.

Wear your gloves.

Take some water using a plastic cup for adding a gallon of water.

Sprinkle some soap around the inside of the toilet.

Pour the hot water into the bowl and leave it for 30 minutes.

Now flush the toilet, if this fails, try another method.

Wrap Up

When it comes to a toilet that won’t flush, the first action should be to learn how to plunge a toilet. If you can’t access a plunger, it's good to try DIY methods like soap and hot water, baking soda and vinegar, or a toilet auger.