Let’s face it- at some point in your life you will face a problem. There is not a whole lot worse than clogging a toilet while: A) not having a plunger, or B) not knowing where the closest plunger is. I know what you’re thinking, “how would someone not know where the closest plunger is?” Almost even worse than clogging a toilet in itself, clogging someone else’s toilet is MUCH worse. No one wants to go to the head of the household you are a guest to and ask them where the plunger is. This is especially true if it’s at a social gathering ripe with opportunity for others to hear your issue. Absolutely NO ONE wants to do this. So what do you do if you have no plunger, or are maybe simply too grossed out by this tool or process as a whole? Luckily for you, there is another way to accomplish the task of unclogging a toilet. Save yourself the hassle of buying a plunger when you do not have one, or perhaps even better, rid yourself of the “where is your plunger” conversation by taking a look at the solution below!

  • Throw a pan of water on the stove. The best way to start this process is by filling up a pan full of a gallon of water and throwing it on the stovetop. Once it’s on the stove, set it to medium heat and let the water warm up. Now head back to the scene of the crime for the next step.
  • Grab some shampoo. We’ll cut to the chase… no, you will not be washing your hair. This doesn’t mean you cannot after the fact. Actually, it may be in your best interest to rid yourself of the germs of cleaning a toilet when it’s all said and done with. What you WILL be doing with this shampoo however, or dish soap if you’re not in a full bath stocked with shampoo, is fairly simple. To make it easy, just start pouring in a substantial amount of whatever you plan on using into the toilet bowl. After this, it is time to head back to the stove.
  • Pour in the warm water. It is now time to bring out your inner-chemist. Once the water hits the point on the stove to where it is about to boil, it is time to remove the pot from the stove. Take that pot of water to the bathroom and mix it up in the toilet bowl with the shampoo or dish soap. Once you complete this step, there are much bigger and better things to come.
  • Sit back and watch. At this point, it is time to relax. As time passes, the soap or shampoo will help lube the drain of the toilet bowl as the hot water breaks down the toilet paper. If this is moving too slow or being a little stubborn, feel free to use an unwired coat hanger as well to help speed up the process. While these two coinciding processes move forward in time, you can sit back, relax, and watch as your stress finds its way down the drain and vanishes, while your stress does the same.

Let’s be honest, while this process is great to use when you do not own a plunger, it is not too great in the case of clogging someone else’s toilet. In that case, it is pretty simple; avoid this situation at all costs. If it still happens anyway, pull the host aside and just be honest with them by telling them you need the plunger. After all, if you just started to heat up water on someone else’s stove top out of the blue you would get some pretty interesting looks from everyone else. You can never go wrong with being truthful. Plus, if they do not have one, you can now tell them how to fix this problem without one! In the end, this process is going to get the job done while keeping it pretty simple. If this happens to you, take a deep breath, relax, and release both your toilet knowledge and wizardry while saving the day at the same time!