5 Ways to Unclog a Toilet

This post is a bit unorthodox for us. So far, we’ve mostly talked about music and things related to that, so this probably seems weird, but there’s a good reason for it. One of our readers actually wrote in and asked about ways to unclog a stubborn toilet, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect due to a recurring toilet situation we’ve been having for a while now…

We share a unisex bathroom at our music studio, and the toilet has been clogging a lot lately. At first, we figured it was one of the guys. There are some big, tall guys in our crew and they eat a lot of fast food. Imagine our surprise, when we discovered it was one of the girls in our group.

I promise she gave me permission to write this post … but only because I swore I wouldn’t disclose her name or any other information about her.

This girl is petite, so it was very surprising to learn the cause of the clogs…

Too much toilet paper? Nope. She uses the standard 3 sheets, and the TP we buy isn’t particularly thick.

Tampons? Wrong again. She hasn’t had a period in a while due to the birth of multiple kids back to back.

Flushing drugs down the toilet? Nah… despite our musician lifestyles, we’re not into that sorta thing.

The constant toilet clogging has been due to nothing more than her having really large, dense stools. Her boyfriend has affectionately nicknamed her “little big poops.” She didn’t think it was nearly as funny as he did…

Given the fact that none of our guys have ever manage to clog the toilet, ever, we knew it wasn’t a result of poor plumbing. We’ve tried many different methods of unclogging and learned a lot along the way. I wanted to write this post for anyone who shares a bathroom in a small music studio (or a similar setting where there’s only one toilet that a lot of people use) – mainly because I know that #thestruggleisreal and I’m hoping it will be of use to you, should happen to come across it. Here are the 5 methods we’ve used to unclog our music studio toilet:

Method #1: Use a plunger. I know what you’re thinking. “Well, duh…” But I figured I’d include it in this list, just in case it’s not a method you’ve tried. (You never know, right?) If a plunger doesn’t work, or if you don’t have one handy, methods 2 and 3 have worked wonders for us in a crappy situation. (Ha. See what I did there?)

Method #2: Use Dawn dish soap. Not only is this method really effective; it makes your whole bathroom smell like clean dishes. Simply squirt a good amount of the stuff into the toilet bowl, pour in some boiling hot water, and let it sit for a few minutes. The soap will help dissolve some of the fats in the clog (assuming it was caused by a dense stool.)

Check out this video to see the above method in action:

Method #3: Use baking soda & vinegar. Similar to the dish soap method, these ingredients will help to break up deposits that might be clogging your toilet. I’ve used this method multiple times after a plunger and a snake didn’t help, and it made the toilet flush like new again. Use equal parts baking soda and vinegar (approximately half a cup should do). Pour the baking soda in first, followed by the vinegar, and then top it off with a cup of boiling hot water. Note: be sure to pour the vinegar in slowly, as it will cause the baking soda to fizzle and foam, and you don’t want the water to run over the rim of the bowl.

Method #4: Snake it. You can get a good snake from Home Depot or Lowes for pretty cheap. Make sure it’s one of the ones that won’t scratch your toilet bowl. (Here’s the one we use.)

Method #5: Hire a plumber. Only as a last resort, if none of the above works. If method #4 fails, then you either have a really bad clog, or something’s up with your plumbing system, in which case, a plumber can save you tons of time and money in the long run. Thankfully, we haven’t had to go here yet…