9 Ways to Unclog Your Toilet When You Don’t Have a Plunger

You or a family member clogged the toilet. It happens to the best of us. But what happens when you don’t have a plunger on hand? Have no fear. We have 9 tips and tricks that can quickly and seamlessly clear the pipes when you’re left without a plunger.

9 Tips to Unclog Your Toilet

1. The good old fashioned “hold flush.” Tried and true, and a little risky, the method involves you holding the lever and more or less praying it will unclog itself. When we say risky, we mean the toilet can continue to fill with water. If you notice this happening, stop and try tip #2.

2. Add about ½ cup of dish soap to the toilet water. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and try flushing again. The dish soap will lubricate the toilet, making it easier for the stool to go down the drain.

3. Mix together ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar. Let the solution get to work for about 10-20 minutes before trying to flush it down.

4. If you happen to have Epsom salt in your bathroom, add about ¼ cup to the toilet bowl. Let the salt sit for a few minutes before flushing again. The Epsom salt will work to break down the stool and push it down when you flush.

5. Create a drain snake out of a metal coat hanger. Untwist the metal hanger, forming it into a strong straight line. Then push the DIY drain snake into the clog. The force may break up the clog.

6. Use hot water. If there isn’t a lot of water in the bowl, add some hot water and let it sit for 10 minutes. Hot water helps down the stool and will allow it to flush down easier.

7. Hot water and a plastic water bottle may help. You’ll want to start with rubber gloves for this method. Fill a plastic water bottle with warm water and keep the lid off. Cover the lid with your rubber-gloved thumb. Position the water bottle in the bowl with the covered opening facing the clog. Uncover the opening and squeeze the water out and at the clog. The forced pressure may help loosen and lodge the clog out.

8. Try lemon essential oils. If you have a lemon essential oil laying around, add 10 drops into the toilet bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes. It will not only break down the stool but will help clean the bowl as it goes down too!

9. Wait it out. Sometimes if you just wait, the clog will eventually break down enough to flush down with ease.

And when all else fails – just know you tried your hardest, go buy a good plunger, and call a plumber. But don’t worry, you can still be the family hero by stocking up on butt wipes. Our Bob’s Butt Wipes, BouDé Wipes, Adventure Wipes, Little Bobbie’s Booty Wipes, and Bob’s RV & Boat Wipes are the perfect clean solution to a messy problem. Plus they’re great for the whole family-you, your wife, and the kids. Make sure your family is always prepared and feeling fresh and clean in any situation. Order now!

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Taking Your Phone Where No Phone Should Ever Go: The Toilet

Let’s face it: we are a mobile-phone obsessed society. In a new study by Asurion, they found that Americans check their phones once every 12 minutes on average, with the longest period of time between checking lasting a mere four hours. One in ten people surveyed checked their phone once every four minutes! With such an incredibly high sense of FOMO, it should come as no surprise that, on average, 3 out of every 4 people in the United States use their phones while in the restroom.

Instagram, Apple Arcade, Tinder, Oh NO.

So, if 75% of Americans are taking their phones with them to the can, what exactly are they using them for? Well, perhaps not surprisingly, over half of Americans say the apps they use the most while on the toilet are social media apps, and 78.5% of Generation Z Americans (those under the age of 23) even go so far as to say that apps are “fundamental for toilet time.”

In the past decade, technology has absolutely revolutionized the gaming industry. As early as 1985, we managed to take gaming away from our TVs and into our laps, and now with the stunning visuals of VR, we can completely immerse ourselves in new worlds. Technology simply continues to become more and more portable. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that around 35% of American men have stated that they use the bathroom as their “private games arcade.” Apparently gaming while doing your business can help improve your focus so much that 25% of men achieved their top score while in the bathroom.

Now, we can all agree that the bathroom is certainly not the most romantic setting in the world, but 1 in 10 men have confessed to using dating apps while on the toilet! Women have also succumbed to the enticing romanticism of a restroom, as 1 in 3 have sent a Snapchat from the confines of the bathroom – although this statistic does not specify (thankfully) whether the snaps were sent on the toilet.

Wash Your (Phone) Out with Soap

Did you know that approximately 7 million people drop their phones in the toilet every year? And even that isn’t a big enough wake-up call for people to realize that, just maybe, the bathroom isn’t the best place to conduct your business that isn’t your business. In fact, cell phones are actually about 10x dirtier than a toilet seat, and only about 1 in 7 Americans clean their phones. Everyone knows that there are a fair number of people who don’t wash their hands after using the toilet, so is it really that surprising that they wouldn’t regularly clean their phones?

You may not clean your hands, and you most likely won’t clean your phone, but there is at least one thing you should always keep clean: your behind. Bob’s Butt Wipes are flushable, all-natural, biodegradable, and hypoallergenic, guaranteed to clean up any messes you may have missed. After you’ve finished swiping through all of your dating matches, swipe a Bob’s Butt Wipe and leave the loo feeling refreshed.

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15 Facts About Poop That Make You Go “Woah” and “Ew”

Everybody poops. It’s a part of life. In fact, the average person spends a total of 92 days on the john in their lifetime. From changing diapers to picking up after your pup, we’ve all had to deal with it.

Keep reading to learn 15 interesting and simultaneously gross facts about your #2s you probably don’t know!

1. People spend an average of 3 hours and 9 minutes on the toilet per week. Do the math that’s 27 minutes a day on average!

2. Fecal transplants are a thing. And 91% of fecal transplant patients were cured after one, with another 98% if the patient married that with additional probiotics and antibiotics.

3. Did you know that listed on the rim of the toilet, between the lid and tank is information on how much water your specific toilet flushes in every single flush? It will be listed as GPF (gallons per flush) and LPF (liters per flush). Most toilets in America that were manufactured in the 1980’s or prior use approximately 3.5-7 GPF. Nowadays, the average toilet only uses 1.6 GPF.

4. Healthy defecation can range from 3 times a day to 3 times a week. If you’re not, it might be due to a low amount of fiber in your diet. Foods like beans, broccoli, whole grains, and potatoes can help get your bowels moving.

5. When it comes to poop, the color can vary. We all know normal poop is brown. The brown color comes from bile in your poop. But a healthy stool can also be green or yellow, depending on a number of things including diet, vitamins, and medications. If your poop is red or black, it may be time to talk to a doctor.

6. In 2015, a British Airways flight was forced to land due to a toxic poop.

7. Bat dung has been used to make explosives and gunpowder for World War I and the Civil War. The shared ingredient that makes bat poop explosive? Potassium nitrate.

8. Coffee gives people gut contractions that activate the urge to go #2. That explains why you always need to run to the bathroom about 15 minutes into your morning cup.

9. Human feces contain metals like gold, silver, and palladium. Scientists are currently trying to figure out how to extract the precious metals from our poop.

10. Constipation occurs when the muscles in your colon are contracting too slowly. 

11. The Apollo landers didn’t just leave their footprints on the moon…they left 96 bags of human waste, including their poop too.

12. On the other hand, diarrhea occurs when matter moves too quickly through your large intestine. A lot of times, this results in poor absorption of nutrients and can make you dehydrated.

13. Pandas eat, sleep, and poop. 40 times a day. They’re basically 200-pound poop machines.

14. Although poop looks solid, only 25% of it is solid. The other 75% is water.

15. Brittain’s first poop bus hit the road in 2015. The bus ran on biomethane gas, a natural gas from human waste. It was said to be able to travel 186 miles, the equivalent of 5 people’s annual waste.

Well, there you have it! A lot of interesting and simultaneously disgusting facts about pooping. And while poop is definitely a laughing matter, we have the perfect sanitary solution. Our BouDe Butt Wipes are biodegradable, all-natural, and unscented. Whether you’re on-the-go or in the comfort of your own home, be prepared during your next trip to the bathroom.

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