How to Unclog the Toilet with Baking Soda

Unclogging the toilet with baking soda is one of the many uses you can get from having it in your pantry. Sodium bicarbonate is a chemical compound of sodium, hydrogen, and carbon. You probably use it for cooking or cleaning surfaces, but today it will be for something different – unclogging the toilet. You never want to be in a situation where you can’t go to the toilet in your own home. Sounds pretty unfortunate right? So before reaching out for a plumber, here are the steps to unclog the toilet with baking soda:

You will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Hot water

Let’s rewind back a little to high school chemistry class. Baking soda is a base, and vinegar is an acid. When mixed together you get a reaction of foam. That foam is what could unclog your toilet. The vinegar makes the baking soda breakdown dirt and makes it dissolve. It’s as easy as it sounds. This is how to unclog the toilet with baking soda.

1.Pour one cup of baking soda in your toilet – wait a couple of minutes

2.Pour one cup of vinegar

3.Wait about 15-30mins

4. Prepare about 3 liters of hot water

5. Pour the hot water down the toilet

*notice* Make sure to be careful pouring in the water because you don’t want to overflow the toilet.

If you see the water draining,  continue pouring all the water

6. Test the flush

If you’re still struggling to unclog the toilet, we have other suggestions you could use, such as a drain auger (snake) or a plunger if either is accessible. A drain auger is a tool that can go deep inside pipes to catch any debris or material that is causing the clog.

Pumping a plunger in the toilet will allow for suction in the pipes to bring up any of the dirt caught up inside.

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