7 Ways To Keep Your Toilet From CLOGGING [so your money doesn't go down the drain]


A clogged toilet is one of those household nuisances that can cause frustration and inconvenience. However, with a few preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the chances of experiencing this unpleasant situation. In this guide, we'll explore seven proven ways to keep your toilet from clogging, ensuring smooth flushing and peace of mind.

1. Watch What You Flush:

The number one cause of toilet clogs is flushing items that shouldn't be flushed. Avoid flushing paper towels, baby wipes, sanitary products, cotton balls, and other non-flushable items down the toilet. Stick to toilet paper and human waste only.

2. Use Less Toilet Paper:

While toilet paper is designed to dissolve in water, using excessive amounts can overwhelm your plumbing system. Encourage family members to use a reasonable amount of toilet paper per flush to prevent unnecessary strain on your toilet and pipes.

3. Upgrade Your Toilet Paper:

Consider switching to thinner, more easily degradable toilet paper. Look for brands labeled as "septic-safe" or "sewer-safe." These types of toilet paper are less likely to cause clogs and are gentler on your plumbing system.

4. Install a High-Efficiency Toilet:

Older toilets may not be equipped to handle large volumes of waste efficiently. Consider upgrading to a high-efficiency toilet (HET) with a powerful flush system. HETs use less water per flush while still providing effective waste removal, reducing the risk of clogs.

5. Regular Maintenance:

Perform regular maintenance on your toilet to prevent buildup and clogs. Use a toilet brush to scrub away any mineral deposits or residue inside the bowl. Inspect the flushing mechanism and replace any worn-out parts promptly.

6. Implement a "Flush Only" Policy:

Educate household members about the importance of only flushing toilet paper and waste down the toilet. Implementing a "flush only" policy can help prevent accidental flushing of non-flushable items, reducing the likelihood of clogs.

7. Consider a Toilet Auger:

Keep a toilet auger (also known as a plumber's snake) handy for dealing with minor clogs. A toilet auger can help break up blockages without the need for harsh chemicals or professional assistance. Use it as soon as you notice signs of a slow drain to prevent the clog from worsening.


By following these seven simple yet effective strategies, you can significantly reduce the risk of encountering a clogged toilet in your home. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to maintaining a smoothly functioning plumbing system. By adopting good habits and making smart choices, you can keep your toilet running smoothly and avoid the hassle of dealing with clogs.

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