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Can You Really Unclog a Toilet with just Baking Soda and Vinegar?

It’s something no homeowner wants to deal with at the end of a busy day — a clogged toilet. Especially if you can’t get a professional out to your house for hours or, worse, days, you may be ready to try just about anything, including a makeshift unclogging mixture of baking soda and vinegar.

Unclogging a Stubborn Toilet with Household Ingredients

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly solution, turn to baking soda and vinegar. Loosen small clogs and debris by:

  1. Tossing half a cup of baking soda into the bowl of your toilet.
  2. After 30 seconds, pour one fourth cup of vinegar into the bowl as well.
  3. As they combine, you’ll start to see a small amount of fizzing. Leave the solution for a few minutes.
  4. Lastly, pour warm water into the bowl and check to see if the clog has dislodged. If it has, flush the toilet once or twice.

When it comes to unclogging your toilet, the last thing you want to do is turn to chemical cleaners. While it may seem like they’re the best thing to use in a pinch, chemical cleaners have been known to damage your plumbing by eating away at your pipes’ lining, contaminate local water supplies, and be hazardous to your health.

While at home remedies may be tempting, there are times they can do more harm than good. If you have a serious clog or damaged pipes, you’ll need the experience and technology offered by a professional plumbing company.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing has been assisting homeowners with their plumbing issues for decades, and our expertise is unmatched! To learn more, give us a call at (415) 906-2456 or fill out our form!