HOW NOT TO UNCLOG A TOILET:

  1. Ask host for a plunger.
  2. Insert plunger into toilet.
  3. Push down on plunger rapidly and forcefully.


WHY THIS DOESN'T WORK:

  1. A sharp, downward plunge tends to pack the clog in tighter.
  2. It gets nasty stuff everywhere.
  3. It's embarrassing to ask your host for a plunger.


HOW TO UNCLOG A TOILET:

  1. Save your guests the embarrassment. Equip every bathroom with a plunger. It should be the kind with a horn to direct the force into the trap. Save the flat kind for sinks and showers.
  2. Insert plunger into toilet.
  3. Slowly push the plunger all the way down. This will get rid of trapped air so it doesn't explode violently when you begin plunging.
  4. With short, quick strokes (think jackhammer) move plunger handle up and down. This creates a back-and-forth action that breaks up the clog.
  5. Lift the plunger slightly (don't lift it out of the water yet) to see if it drains. If not, repeat step 4.
  6. When the toilet drains, flush it again and rinse off the plunger in the "clean" water.