Toilet Brush Head Stuck in Toilet

September 8, 2010

Toilet Brush HeadA toilet cleaning brush was pushed down deep in the toilet to push the water down, and the handle broke and the brush is stuck all the way down in the toilet, how do I get the brush out and unclog the toilet?


By Robert from LI


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September 11, 20101 found this helpful

Personally I would call a plummer. If you don't want to do that, get a set of huge pliers and get hold of it and pull it out.


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September 11, 20100 found this helpful

I think you need to call a plumber.


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September 12, 20102 found this helpful

Try needle nose pliers.

December 13, 20111 found this helpful

We got a plastic toilet paper holder stuck in our toilet when it was accidentally flushed, it got stuck crossways and couldn't be reached from either end. We called a plumber thinking we'd probably have to get a new toilet all because of that stupid plastic holder.


Well, this plumber took the toilet out onto our lawn, and using a welding torch (can't remember which end of the toilet he used it on, sorry), was able to melt that holder enough that it changed shape and fell out of the toilet. (And since the toilet is porcelain, the heat from that torch didn't hurt it any; only some slight scorch marks which cleaned right up.) Good luck!

February 26, 20161 found this helpful

Just wanted to say. I have today had the exact same problem. After putting hand down the toilet with some bleach down, I have wiggled and maneuvered the brush head I got it to the end of the bend n when I couldnt move it any further, I poured hot water from the tap n left it it a while n got a pair of pliers n pulled like mad n sure enough it came out.


Try it n if it works for people. Great.. Wot a challenge.

June 12, 20160 found this helpful

How do I get the brush out

July 30, 20160 found this helpful

Ok so my toilet brush was stuck in my toilet and I was freaking out. I pulled and pulled as hard as i could and i ended up breaking the handle by accident which actually helped me. It was alot easier to get just the brush out so I took a hold of that and yanked it out! Its broken but it's better than a broken toilet.

October 1, 20161 found this helpful

How do I fix a toilet brush stuck in the toilet

May 4, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you

January 21, 20190 found this helpful

Dont call a plumber! Save your money. I listened to this guy and the blow torch person. What I came up with was emptying all water from the toilet and then pouring boiling water on the stuck part.


Popped right out. Thanks, guys!!! I love the Internet.

January 25, 20191 found this helpful

twist, pull downwards towards you, keep going and it will slip out

June 29, 20191 found this helpful

Someone on the post suggested using hot water. They saved me big time! So I would like to formally explain the steps that I took just in case the specificity is helpful to someone else. It worked like an absolute charm for me the first time I tried it. And my toilet brush head had been flushed deep down the hole too.


2 items needed:
1. Large pitcher or pot of boiling hot water.
2. A toilet auger (Snake) - ~$6 at your local Walmart or hardware store

Goal: The goal is to melt the plastic head/bristles to the end of the metal snake auger so that the head can be pulled out from even the most unreachable depths.

Steps: First, you'll turn off the water going to the toilet, then you'll pre-position your snake auger as far down the toilet hole as you can (With care taken to keep the plastic shell as far away as possible from the center hole to avoid it melting when you pour the boiling water down the hole). If you have a partner, have them pour the boiling water carefully down the hole while you hold the auger steady (Otherwise, find a way to prop up the auger as you go grab & pour the boiling water down the hole). Wait about 30 seconds or until most of the hot water has gone down the pipe and then slowly, but steadily twist the auger a few times and start pulling the snake auger back out. The plastic head & bristles of the brush will be securely melted to the auger head and should pop right out. Let it cool a bit & then using a gloved hand, remove the plastic head from the auger.

August 14, 20190 found this helpful

The boiling water idea was great. It made me wonder if a hair dryer would get hot enough to melt the plastics or soften it so we could pry it out. My husband didn't think so but he had a heat gun used for gluing cabinet tops/formica type products. We got all the water out. Twisted the auger/snake as deeply as we could into the brush. Turned on the heat gun and just heated the whole thing up. The bristles did melt to the auger but then broke loose when we pulled. Got the larger auger/snake out and did the same thing, applying the heat until we could smell the plastic melting.


We let it cool down for about 20 minutes. Pulled HARD. It moved a little...enough so that he could take a heavy long screw driver and while pulling on the snake he could push the brush end down while prying it out. It moved just tiny bits at a time and then finally released with the heavy pulling on the snake. Whew! Glad we don't have to buy a new toilet. Wasn't what we had planned for this morning. Looking for a different brush design.

May 2, 20201 found this helpful

This happened to me and I used a plunger and it worked l. Try it!

September 2, 20200 found this helpful

please i need to get this out i have tried everything that's on here and its stuck even further than before

April 20, 20210 found this helpful

Go to your nearest Lowes and purchase a toilet Auger. It works I just used it

May 11, 20210 found this helpful

Omg I got a tooToilet brush head watched into the pipe because the handle broke off and it took me a long time to figure this out but if you take a pair of pliers and you stick them in the hole where the handle goes and you twist as you pull it comes out

July 4, 20210 found this helpful

Get as much water out of the bowl as possible. Pour boiling water in the bowl. Once cooled use pliers to pull out. I just did it. Took about an hour til I figured this out. Then was out within 15 minutes. It melts the brush Brissels

October 12, 20210 found this helpful

If this is still on here ? They have these huge elongated double jointed hook pliers usually at Harbor fr. For like 13 bucks

April 9, 20220 found this helpful

Omg thank you for the steps. I literally poured boiling water in and twisted my bowl auger until it wouldnt turn anymore and then pulled and it popped right out! It twisted into a bunch of the bristles and worked perfectly

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December 12, 2011

I have had a plumber come out and taken the toilet off the floor. Several people have tried to get it out. The toilet base has several bends in it which makes it more difficult. Can anyone help as it seems I will have to get a new toilet? That will be a problem with the tiles on the floor and the wall.

By Pam


December 13, 20110 found this helpful

We had the same thing happen. Removed the toilet and tried for several days to get the broken piece of the brush out to no avail. Had to purchase and install a new toilet.

December 13, 20110 found this helpful

Did you try a snake?

December 24, 20180 found this helpful

try cutting off the bristles it will make it smaller. Might work.

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February 20, 2013

The toilet brush stuck in the toilet and I tried to take it out, but couldn't reach. Any way I can take it out by myself, from the toilet bowl, without a plumber?



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February 22, 20130 found this helpful

Have you tried grabbing it with a long handled pair of pliers? Is it too far to use something like that to grab it?

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