How to Use a Wire Hanger to Unclog a Toilet

When it comes to common plumbing disasters, clogged toilets are at the top of the list. But don’t despair—there’s an effective and inexpensive way to unclog your toilet with a wire hanger. By following this straightforward guide, you can save yourself from using potentially dangerous or toxic chemicals.

Taking on the task of unclogging your toilet with a wire hanger does require some prep work, so make sure you have all the materials ready before getting started. You will need:

  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • An old wire coat hanger
  • A plunger
  • Cleaning supplies (sponges, towels etc.) Here is how to unclog your toilet with a wire hanger:

Step One: Shut off the Water to the Toilet

First, you’ll have to shut off the water to the toilet. The valve is usually located behind it near the wall and taking it off should be easy enough. This will help prevent any additional water buildup in case something goes wrong during your attempt at unclogging.

Step Two: Make a Toilet Cleaning Tool Using a Coat Hanger

Bend one end of your old coat hanger into an angled hook and adjust it until it fits around the clog in your toilet bowl. Making sure that you have created enough of an angle for it to reach down into the clogged area is key here as it will increase its effectiveness when used.

Step Three: Hook the Hanger in the Clogged Portion of Your Toilet

Once everything is good and secure, slowly lower your tool into place at an angle so that it hooks onto whatever might be causing blockage inside your toilet bowl and pull up gently but steadily until there’s some resistance or something comes out from within. If this does not happen on first attempt, then repeat step three until successful.

Step Four: Use a Plunger

Once something has been pulled out, push down firmly but gently on your plunger several times and then lift quickly to loosen whatever was lodged inside after each push–pull cycle (sometimes referred to as ‘plunging’). Doing this should hopefully free up whatever was blocking up the drain in your toilet bowl and allow normal water flow once more if done correctly.

Step Five: Flush the Toilet Several Times

After successfully removing whatever was blocking up your toilet bowl, flush away any remaining debris by flushing several times consecutively––this should give you peace of mind that no further blockage issues will arise anytime soon due to residue buildup over time in future usage of said bathroom facility! As always keep an eye out just in case though as always better safe than sorry!

Quick and Easy Fix: Unclogging Drains with a Plunger


Using a wire hanger to unclog a toilet will save you money since the cost to hire a plumber is high. Nevertheless, if you have tried the above steps and the clog is still there after a few tries, calling a professional should be your next move. This method works well if there is something hard for the wire to hook onto.

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