How To Unclog A Toilet With Baking Soda And Vinegar?

Adding Baking Soda And Vinegar To Toilet

If you’ve got a clogged toilet and are wanting to get it fixed asap, then don’t worry, we have a solution for you. The baking soda and vinegar method is simple, efficient and inexpensive. Follow these steps to unclog your toilet.

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Step 1: Gather your tools

Before you start, you’ll need a plunger and a bucket. If possible, get a plunger that’s one size bigger than what came with your toilet—that way, if things get really messy (and they will), then there won’t be as much water splashing up onto surfaces near where you’re working.

You’ll also need to measure out the baking soda and vinegar. To start with, you’ll want to try one cup of each, but you can increase this if necessary. There’s no set rule in regard to the amount of baking soda and vinegar to use, you just need to make sure you’re using equal amounts.

Step 2: Sprinkle some baking soda into the toilet bowl

Once you’ve got your tools ready, you can sprinkle some of the baking soda into the toilet bowl. If the clog is only small, you’re fine to use the entire amount of baking soda in one go, but if it’s a more stubborn clog, you’ll want to use smaller amounts in increments so that you can control the fizz.

Step 3: Carefully pour vinegar into the toilet

Carefully pour the vinegar into the toilet bowl. Just make sure you’re not going to overfill the toilet with the vinegar as when you come to plunge and flush the toilet later on, it may overflow. After you’ve added the baking soda and vinegar, pour a pot or kettle of hot water down the toilet as well.

Step 4: Wait 30 minutes

You should see bubbles forming after about 30 minutes. If you don’t see anything happening, you probably haven’t used enough baking soda and vinegar, so add some more.

Wait another 15 minutes. If there is no reaction and the toilet is still clogged, you may need to call a plumber.

Step 5: Use a bucket of water to flush the toilet

The next step is to flush the toilet with a bucket of water to try and push the clog down. It’s important that you don’t use the actual flush on the toilet at this stage as you may cause the bowl to overflow.

Step 6. Use the plunger to get things going again if needed

If the clog is starting to come loose but hasn’t moved yet, try using the plunger. Once you’re satisfied the clog is free, you can flush the toilet.


This is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to unclog a toilet, but if it doesn’t work, or you’re simply not confident enough to try it, call in the professionals from David Lewis Plumbing. We’ve been unclogging toilets in New South Wales for years and no matter how bad the blockage, we can help!