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A Roommate, Plungers and Drano: An Embarrassing Clogged Toilet Moment

Updated on September 14, 2011

The first time I went to my (then) boyfriend’s apartment, I didn’t really know what to expect. We were still in the beginning of a relationship and both of us were nervous but excited.

He shared his place with a roommate, so as the night progressed we were all getting to know each other and having a good time. While I was watching some TV, my boyfriend excused himself to use the bathroom.

After some time passed, he came out and pulled his roommate aside. They talked quietly amongst themselves and then his roommate left the apartment. My boyfriend said “He had to run an errand”. I kind of shrugged it off as my guy wanting to spend alone time with me.


A few months later I found out the real reason my boyfriend asked his roommate to leave. He was so nervous, that his stomach was upset and it caused him to clog the toilet. So he sent his roommate out for a toilet plunger and some other items to help unclog it.

What did his roommate come back with? Two biodegradable toilet plungers! Yes, apparently they do exist. My boyfriend was mortified, but his roommate tried to justify it by saying “Well, dude I saved you some money”.

In a situation like that who cares about saving money? Why didn’t his roommate just buy one good quality plunger to unclog the toilet, or buy some Drano?

The roommate said he tried getting a two for one deal since the biodegradable plungers were cheaper than the regular ones. I started laughing, I just couldn't comprehend that logic.

Even though it’s an embarrassing story, it’s something my guy and I share together now and laugh about. But at that point in time, he was terrified and just wanted to punch his roommate.

Solution Guide - Which problem do you have?

Slow-Running Toilet
Clogged Toilet
Do NOT Use
drains slower than usual
doesn't flush or overflows
safety first
Drano Max Build-Up Remover
Liquid Clog Removers
Drano Prevention
Call a Professional

Here are a few simple ways to handle a clogged toilet (without sending someone else to do your dirty work).

  • Make sure you have a good (not cheap) plunger handy
  • Use Drano Max Build Up Remover or Drano Prevention to clear unnecessary build up
  • Be sure to turn off the water valve (important)
  • Open the Drano products slowly so it doesn't splash into your eyes or get on your skin
  • Follow the instructions on the bottles carefully
  • For best results, repeat every month to prevent any embarrassing clogged toilet moments

Drano Max Build Up Remover and Drano Prevention are the only safe products that are recommended for slow running toilets.

The natural formula is made up of micro organisms that help break down any build up within the pipes. Remember NOT to use other Drano clog remover products for your toilet.

Case in Point

Sometimes cheaper isn’t always better, and when it comes to a clogged toilet or drain, don’t skimp on the products you buy to help unclog them. You don’t want an embarrassing moment to turn into a disaster just to save a few bucks.

Oh, and don’t send your roommate to do your dirty work, they might just make the embarrassing situation worse.


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      6 years ago

      I have drano in my toilet now for a clog as suggested by home depot. I put some in and called the drano co for more instructions. They said don't put it in the toilet. I used.the max stuff. Confused.

    • applecsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Carrie Smith 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks for the great comments. I'm glad it was both humorous and informative!

    • inaniLoquence profile image


      7 years ago from Singapore

      This hub is hilarious and informative. Voted up and interesting! :)

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I didn't even known that biodegradable plungers existed! Thanks for the information.

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      7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      lol...I am currently revising all the previous knowledge I have held regarding biodegradable plungers. Thanks for the heads up! Voted Up, useful and funny.

    • Allana Calhoun profile image

      Allana Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Hm. Never tried using Drano on a clogged toilet. A good plunger is usually all that's needed.


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