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How does someone unclog a toilet bowl drain without a plunger?

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There are several quick alternatives to unclogging a toilet bowl drain without using a plunger, which include using a wire clothes hanger, pouring hot water solutions into the bowl and using a vacuum cleaner. A cheap plumbing snake can also be used to clear out the clog and it can sometimes do a better job than a plunger. More stubborn clogs may require the whole toilet bowl to be pulled out to clear it.

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The following are some ways of unclogging a toilet bowl drain without using a plunger:

Wire clothes hanger

  1. Unwind the wire clothes hanger and tie a rag securely to one end to serve as padding.
  2. Push the padded end into the drain.
  3. Twist and push on the wire until it cannot go in any further, until the clog is cleared.

Hot water solutions

  1. Squeeze about half a cup of liquid detergent into the toilet bowl.
  2. Pour hot water into the bowl from about three feet above the bowl.
  3. Let it sit for a few minutes before flushing.
  4. Alternatively, pour in a cup of baking soda and follow up with a cup of white vinegar.
  5. Let it sit for a few minutes before pouring hot water into the bowl.

Vacuum cleaner

  1. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove excess water from the toilet bowl.
  2. Push the vacuum hose into the drain and seal the hose in with towels.
  3. Turn on the vacuum to try to dislodge or pull out the clog.
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