Here's What Happens When You Put Baking Soda In Your Toilet

If you read the headlines, baking soda can be used to clean anything. While not quite the miracle product it has been advertised as, baking soda definitely has a wide array of uses and ranks highly for safe and natural cleaning solutions. To that end, when it comes to using baking soda for your toilet, there are two primary purposes: using baking soda to clean and remove stains, and using baking soda to unclog your toilet. 

The Spruce notes that many people must contend with not only regular toilet grime but also hard water stains; baking soda and vinegar can be especially  helpful for both. Start by pouring about 1 cup of vinegar (white vinegar or cleaning vinegar, not apple cider) and swish it around with a toilet brush. After about a minute pour in 1 cup of baking soda, then add another 1 to 2 cups of vinegar. Pause and listen to that satisfying fizz for about 10 minutes, then add some elbow grease and scrub all the stains. Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes before flushing and repeat if needed.

When it comes to cleaning toilet clogs with baking soda, however, you may need to work a little harder.

Unclogging a toilet with baking soda

Baking soda can be used in a few ways to help unclog a toilet. After your attempts at plunging have failed, try pouring around 1 cup of baking soda in the toilet bowl, suggests WikiHow. There's no need to measure exactly, but you'll follow this up by adding about a gallon of very hot water on top. The goal is to use heat and pressure changes to get the clog to move. 

Another method is to begin, again, with the baking soda and then slowly pour a couple of cups of cleaning vinegar over the top. Watch the level of fizz because this is definitely a situation where the science fair volcano would not be desired. Let the mix sit for anywhere between two hours to overnight. If the water levels have drained try flushing, and if the water levels have not moved you can try plunging gently plunging.

For tougher clogs, you can try cycling baking soda, hot water, and vinegar; flush and plunge as needed. While this solution works on many toilet clogs, it won't be helpful for physical items such as a plastic figure or a medicine bottle cap. If repeated efforts do not show progress, discontinue adding liquid immediately and call a plumber.