A clogged toilet is not a situation you want to deal with for obvious reasons. But you also don't want to depend on pricey commercial decloggers. Thankfully, this guide will teach you 2 alternative decloggers that are safe for your plumbing system and are also cost-effective.

1. Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda is naturally abrasive, which can help lift tough grime and other particles that may be clogging up your toilet. You should also know that baking soda has a positive pH balance. Bacteria, including the kind that cause odors, need a negative pH environment to survive, and baking soda eliminates that kind of environment. 

Yet your clogged toilet drain may need a little power, which is why you need vinegar. Vinegar creates a special chemical reaction when mixed with baking soda. This mixture creates an immense amount of carbon dioxide gas, which makes baking soda grind around the plumbing in your toilet. This will scrape off any stubborn particles inside your plumbing, as if you were scrubbing the inside of your drain. 

Follow the steps below to try this concoction:

  1. Remove as much water as possible using a plastic cup or a turkey baster. 
  2. Pour 240 mL of baking soda on the bottom of the toilet bowl.
  3. Then pour 240 mL of vinegar on top of the baking soda. 

This mixture should clear up a mild clogging issue. But there is one more solution to consider. 

2. Salt, Borax and Vinegar

Salt works to unclog your drain because it is abrasive. Borax is a strong chemical that helps break down the particles that make up grime and other harmful substances. The chemical reaction between vinegar and borax will force salt to scrape the walls of your drain. This should help loosen up your clog. 

To use this mixture, follow the steps below:

  1. Remove the water from your toilet bowl the same way mentioned earlier.
  2. Pour 60 mL of salt down your toilet bowl.
  3. Then pour 60 mL of borax over the salt. 
  4. And then pour 120 mL of vinegar, and let the blend sit for at least 20 minutes. 
  5. Boil about four litres of water, and pour it down your drain. This should take care of your clog. 

Remember the aforementioned natural methods are only meant to deal with mild to moderate clogs. Do not hesitate to call a plumbing specialist like Clark's Plumbing & Heating Corp if the clog remains.