I just accidentally flushed my toothbrush down the toilet. (Bathroom multitasking: bad idea.)

The toilet still flushes, but it's draining more slowly.

What should I do?


Phew! After 15 harrowing minutes I got it out with a coat hanger.

I've learned my lesson. Multitasking? Never again.

  • Rubber gloves and a little fishing around? It's possible it's lodged just around the curve at the bottom of the toilet. – Niall C. Apr 5 '12 at 18:11
  • Thanks. I couldn't get at it with my (gloved) hands. Now I'm fishing around with an unravelled coat hanger... – dB' Apr 5 '12 at 18:15

As the comments suggested, first try and grab it with your hands. If it's passed the point you can reach, you will likely need to use a Toilet Auger to dislodge it.

Toilet Auguer
(source: homedepot.ca)

Tooth brushes tend to be problematic because of their shape relative to the trap in the toilet - they can really get wedged in there! Worst case scenario it might not be removable.

  • Fortunately this wasn't necessary in my case, but thanks for the answer anyway. I'll upvote it as soon as I get enough reputation. – dB' Apr 5 '12 at 18:26
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    A last resort before giving up on the toilet is to shutoff the supply, disassemble it to remove the base, take the base outside and hit it with a garden hose on full blast from the bottom, reversing the flow of water and hopefully dislodging the obstruction. – BMitch Apr 6 '12 at 2:27
  • @BMitch thats a really good idea, I never thought of that! – Steven Apr 6 '12 at 17:14

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