How to use a toilet plunger with poop or poo in the toilet: 6 Easy Steps

Most people are familiar with the toilet plunger, but few know how to use it. Did you know that the plunger for the toilet is different than the one that should be used for a sink? Here are some surprisingly helpful tips for using your toilet plunger.


If there is poop in the toilet, you can scoop it out with a shovel and place it in a bucket. Luckily plungers are often quite fast and you can place them over the poop. You can close the toilet lid or place something over it so that the poop doesn’t splash around.

Plunger Basics: how does a plunger work

To start off, the plunger is a tool that uses air and water to remove clogs. It works by using water to create a vacuum in order to pull the clog out of the toilet bowl. Some models come with a filter screen on the end, which helps to avoid having any solids escape from the toilet.

A toilet plunger is usually used when you have a clog at your home or business, but they are also helpful in parks and restaurants where it may be needed for flushing toilets or clearing sinks.

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 The best way to know how to use your plunger is by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Check if you have the right type of plunger. There are different plungers for toilets and sinks. These for toilets are generally bigger. Often you can fold a plunger to convert it from a sink plunger to a toilet plunger.

Step 2: Pour water into the toilet bowl slowly and stop when it reaches halfway up the side of your bowl. Keep a bucket and towels close by.

Step 3: Place the plunger over the hole that needs draining and make sure there isn’t anything blocking it. Instead of air, you need to push water with your plunger.

Step 4: Push down on top of the plunger while holding onto the shaft, making sure not to push too hard with all your weight or you will start overflowing. Be careful with plastic plungers as these can create scratches.

Step 5: Continue pushing down on top of the plunger until you feel resistance before continuing. Give it a few pumps. To clear out completely empty out any remaining water and then plunge twice more before stopping.

Step 6: You might have to repeat this process multiple times before the clog can be removed. The plunger uses water to push the clog further into your sewage system. It can get stuck again farther down the drain if it is a big clog. You might need to call a plumber if needed. Plumbers have cameras that they can run into your sewage system to see what is going on. 

If the plunger didn’t work, you can consider getting an attachment for your pressure washer. Be sure to read the instructions and use proper protection. This is not easy to use and most people should just call a plumber at this point. An auger can work as well:

How to clean a plunger

The first thing to do with a plunger is to make sure it is clean. Your plunger is only as good as the water you use to clean it, so make sure that you always rinse it out and dry it thoroughly after each use. The best way to clean your plunger is to fill a bucket or sink with warm water. Let it soak for 30 minutes. Once you are finished, empty the sink and refill it with fresh water.

Toilet plungers can be dirty and shouldn’t be used for sinks or showers. This makes sure that you keep dirt away from sinks and showers. Even if you have washed them, it is better to just get a separate plunger for your sink and shower.

When using a toilet plunger, you should never put anything in the toilet other than water. Drain cleaners and harsh chemicals can cause damage to your plumbing fixtures, so it is important not to place these objects in the toilet.

Sometimes the plunger is just too dirty and you need to get it replaced.

Best plunger to get for your toilet

Buying a toilet plunger can be overwhelming because of the number of options available. However, there are some best practices you should follow when selecting a plunger.

The first would be to test out your current plunger and see if it is compatible with your toilet. This will ensure that you don’t end up buying a new one every time you try to use it!

Next, consider the size that will work best for your needs. Most people prefer standard-sized plungers because they are easier to find and use in tight spaces. The standard size also works well for people who have more length than height in their toilet bowls. On the other hand, if you have a lot of height in your bowl, then you might want to choose a plunger with an elongated head so that it can reach all parts of the bowl effectively. 

Finally, consider what kind of material you want. If you need something durable and reliable, rubber or plastic plungers may be better options for you than those made out of stainless steel or brass alloys.

There are many varieties of toilet plungers. The tub and shower plunger is a type of plunger designed for use in the bathtub or in the shower. They are also referred to as bathroom plungers or bathroom suction cups. The toilet plunger has three basic parts: the cup, the handle, and the head that connects to the cup. Rotenberger is a brand that is often used by plumbers. Their plungers are more expensive though.

How to avoid clogs in your toilet

If you have to use a plumber, there is an issue. Often toilet paper or wet wipes will clog up your toilet. A lot of people don’t realize that you can’t flush wet wipes. It is also possible that people throw garbage such as empty cans in the toilet. If you don’t these things, you should be good to go.

It is also possible that the diameter of your drains is too small. This can lead to clogs as the water flows too slow. The angle of the drains can also be not high enough. This leads to the same problem. Therefore, if you have a lot of clogs it can be a great idea to let a plumber check your system. Air and water have to be mixed in your drains so that the water gets slushed away. If your system is not properly designed or vented, there is not going to be enough pressure to push the sewage away. Older systems might not be designed in the right way and this can lead to a lot of clogs. 

Plumbers can also use cameras to see if something else is wrong such as tree roots that have grown in your sewage system. These have to be removed before your toilet will work well again. This is not something that you can do by yourself. There can also be an issue with your sewage tank or the system of the city. This is work for professionals as well. 

To conclude, we can say that you can solve a lot of problems with a plunger. It is essential that you know how to use it properly. In this article, we have discussed how you can do this and what you have to take into account when you get one. Some works need to be done by plumbers as they have special equipment to get things fixed. 

After you have used a plunger, it is important that you also clean it.

Do plungers go bad?

Yes, plungers have to be replaced every few years. Besides getting dirty, it is possible that the rubber is wearing down. Especially if the plunger is stored in a hot room, the rubber can start to break down. If you get a new plunger, it is important to know that there are 2 types of plungers:

  • Plungers for toilets. These are bigger and more flexible.
  • Plungers for sinks. These have another shape as they have to focus on a smaller area.

Some plungers can be folded so that you can use them for both. It is best to buy separate plungers though as you don’t want to use a dirty toilet plunger in your bathroom sink.

Plungers are quite cheap so they are easy to replace. You can also get them in combination with a toilet brush and a stand. This makes it easy to have everything at hand when you need it. Toilet plungers are the unsung heroes of your plumbing system and you should have one at hand at any moment.

After a few years, you should get a new one.


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