What household products will help break up a toilet pipe clog?

Updated February 21, 2017

A clogged toilet pipe is not only dirty and stinky, but is unhygienic as well. Toilet pipes may clog over time or all at once. Most pipe clogs occur at the back of the bowl where the pipe is curved inside the toilet to prevent gases from coming up. There is a plethora of drain cleaners available in the market, but the chemicals used in them can cause other damage to the toilet and to the environment, too. If you have decided that you are no longer going to use these chemical-based drain cleaners, then a variety of household products are available to help you break up the toilet pipe clog.

Boiling water

Many times, you can clear a clogged toilet pipe by simply pouring boiling water down the drain. You may also add some table salt to it to make it a little more effective at cutting clogs.

Washing soda

Although washing soda is alkaline, with a pH level of 11, it does not cause any significant damage to your toilet, as opposed to most lye-based commercial drain cleaners. Pour 55 g (1/4 cup) of washing soda into your toilet, and flush it with water at least once a week. This will prevent any clogs from building up inside the toilet.

Baking soda

If washing soda is not currently available in the house, try using baking soda. Pour 220 g (1 cup) of baking soda into the toilet, followed by 711 ml (3 cups) of boiling water. The hot water will make the baking soda more alkaline in nature and will prevent clogs from forming. If there is already a clog in your toilet pipe, then you may need to repeat this step two to three times. Another method is to pour 110 g (1/2 cup) of salt and 220 g (1 cup) of baking soda into the drain and let it sit overnight. In the morning, pour 474 ml (2 cups) of boiling water into the toilet and flush it.

White vinegar

Pour 110 g (1/2 cup) of baking soda into the toilet, followed by 237 ml (1 cup) of white vinegar. As vinegar is an acid, it will neutralise the baking soda in the toilet, and the resulting chemical reaction will help in clearing the clog. Pouring 237 ml (1 cup) of vinegar down the drain will also deodorise it efficiently.

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Tom Don has been a freelance writer and editor since 2005. He covers topics such as small business, health and fitness for various online publications. Don holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and Master of Science in website administration from Johns Hopkins University.