When a toilet clogs, many people's first instinct is to reach for a plunger to get rid of the clog. But what if you do not own a toilet plunger, and you cannot get to the store right now? Try these five tricks to unblock your toilet — no plunging involved.

1. Try Dish Soap

Dish soap is slippery, which means it can help to lubricate your toilet to allow waste to slip down more easily. Dish soap also breaks down fat, which can help to break waste into smaller pieces that are easier to flush away.

Pour about a cup of dish soap into the toilet and leave it for an hour or so before you flush to give it time to act. If you don't have dish soap, liquid hand soap or even chopped-up bar soap can work in a pinch.

2. Use Hot Water

Hot water is often more effective at clearing a blocked toilet than cold water. First, if the level of water in your toilet bowl is high, scoop out some of the excess water using a bucket. Next, fill the bucket with hot water and pour it into the water from waist height. Be sure to pour it all into the bowl in one go, so the force of the water can dislodge the clog.

For this trick, it is best to use water that is hot but not boiling. Not only does boiling water present a risk of scalding your skin, but it can also cause a porcelain toilet bowl to crack.

3. Make a Drain Snake

A drain snake is a long, flexible tool that plumbers use to dislodge clogs from pipes and toilet u-bends. You can make your own by untwisting a wire coat hanger. Hold onto one end of the wire and push the other end into the clog to poke it through the bend.

4. Make Your Own Drain Unblocking Solution

A mixture of baking soda and vinegar is surprisingly effective as a drain unblocking solution. If you have these store cupboard basics in your kitchen, simply pour both into your toilet bowl and leave it to fizz for a while before you flush. The chemical reaction that takes place between the baking soda and the acidic vinegar can help to break down toilet clogs.

5. Call An Emergency Plumber

If none of these tricks work, call an emergency plumber right away. A clogged toilet can present a serious risk to hygiene and health, so it is essential to get it fixed as quickly as possible.

For even more tips, reach out to a local emergency plumber.