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How to Unclog a Toilet with Saran Wrap? | Easy DIY Guide

How to Unclog a Toilet with Saran Wrap
Written by Joe Richter
Last Update: August 10, 2023

Also known as a plastic film, cling film, glad wrap, or cling wrap, a saran wrap is a thin plastic film used to keep the air and objects away from any surface.

Light clogs can be unclogged with saran wrap. To unclog the toilet, wrap its bowl with the cling film so no air can enter or leave.

The wrap must be pressed on the toilet before flushing to initiate a gravitational force that will plunge the toilet and dislodge the clog.

This method will not remove a hard clog deep inside your toilet. However, you can follow the steps below to unclog your toilet with this DIY method.

How to Unclog a Toilet with Saran Wrap?

Tools requirement

  • A high-quality roll of saran wrap that isn’t likely to tear and will stick better
  • A good pair of scissors

Step 1: Prepare the toilet bowl

How to Unclog a Toilet with Saran Wrap - Prepare the toilet bowl

You need to lift the lid of the toilet up and keep it there.

Step 2: Cover the bowl

How to Unclog a Toilet with Saran Wrap - Cover the bowl with Wrap

Wrap the toilet with the plastic wrap to make it airtight.

Step 3: Cover the sides

How to Unclog a Toilet with Saran Wrap - Cover the sides

You need a clean and dry toilet seat before applying the cling wrap and sealing it; otherwise, the plastic won’t stick to the bowl.

Wrap the cling film around the sides to ensure no air is going in and out. You can wrap it in any direction – the goal is to create an airtight seal.

Step 4: Press on the saran wrap

How to Unclog a Toilet with Saran Wrap - Press on the saran wrap

In this step, you want to push the plastic wrap down a little so any trapped air will push against the water in the bowl.

If this doesn’t seem to be doing anything, flush the toilet and add some more force to the cling wrap to create pressure in the bowl.

Step 5: Checking to see if it worked

How to Unclog a Toilet with Saran Wrap - Checking to see if it worked

Keep doing this a few times to allow the water to create pressure near the P trap and push the clog through.

Now check to see if it has worked. Flush the toilet and remove the saran wrap when the job is complete.

Why is this an effective method?

The plastic wrap creates a vacuum or seal inside the toilet. Pressing against the wrap causes it to push against the opening of the P trap way; this is the only outlet wastewater, and air can go through.

Copying what you would do with a plunger can be done in either slow or rapid strokes.

Why is this method not working?

  • You may have a blockage in your plumbing system elsewhere, or the toilet is heavily clogged
  • Wrapping is of poor quality
  • Wrapping incorrectly
  • The leverage you’re getting from one layer could be increased by adding additional layers
  • The water pressure and level are insufficient. The low level of water makes vacuuming difficult

 Tips to unclog a toilet with saran wrap

  • Before wrapping the bowl with saran wrap, add dishwashing liquid. Adding dishwashing liquid makes the process faster and easier
  • Vinegar can be poured into the toilet. Vinegar is hygienic and kills germs after a big clog

3 Clever Ways to Unclog a Toilet Naturally

Method 1: Vinegar and baking soda 

First, sprinkle some (about ½ cup) baking soda into the toilet bowl then pour some (about ½ cup) vinegar and wait for some time. Then pour some (a bucket) hot water (not boiling water) into the bowl.

Method 2: Hot water (not boiling water)

This process is simple since you just need to pour some (a few cups) hot water into the toilet bowl and flush the toilet after some time.

Method 3: Hot water and dish soap 

Pour some (about ½ cup) dish soap into the toilet bowl and wait for half an hour. Then pour some hot water. Again wait for a few minutes and flush the toilet.


1. Can saran wrap be flushed?

Ans. It doesn’t matter if you are flushing a Band-Aid down the toilet or packaging plastic. If plastic gets deep into your pipes after flushing, it can cause many problems.

2. Do toilets eventually unclog themselves?

Ans. Clogs with toilet paper and feces will unclog on their own eventually. A clogged toilet can be unclogged in as little as an hour if it is clogged by degradable material. However, it can take up to 24 hours if there is an abundance of organic matter.

About the author

Joe Richter

Academically brilliant, technically flawless and professionally successful, Joe Richter is Toiletsguide’s head of the market research team. He studied Business Studies from the University of Houston and started his professional career as a Market Data Compliance Analyst in the stock market. He’s been following the updates on the bathroomware industries for a long time now and his elaborate studies have profoundly enriched his knowledge on the newer trends of toilets, showers, and related fittings. Apart from that, Joe goes around the street with his Leica Q2 taking pictures of people and buildings. He does most of the photography of the site.

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