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No plunger? No problem! You can loosen moderate clogs by pouring a half cup of dish soap into the toilet bowl. Allow the soap to settle for 5 to 10 minutes before following up with hot water and a few flushes. For a different approach, pour a bit of baking soda and vinegar into the toilet to trigger a chemical reaction that should loosen the clog within 30 minutes. Don't use this trick if your toilet bowl is already filled to the brim, or the bubbling action could cause water to spill over. If all else fails, angle a straightened-out wire coat hanger or the bristles of a toilet brush down the drain, then jostle the tool in and out a few times. When the water starts to drain, give the toilet a few flushes to clear the clog for good.
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