Toilet Brush Head Stuck in Toilet

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September 8, 2010

A 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


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.

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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!

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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.

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June 12, 20160 found this helpful

How do I get the brush out

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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.

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October 1, 20161 found this helpful

How do I fix a toilet brush stuck in the toilet

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May 4, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you

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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.

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January 25, 20190 found this helpful

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

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June 29, 20190 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.

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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.

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December 13, 20110 found this helpful

Did you try a snake?

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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?



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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September 8, 2010

I have the sponge end of a toilet bowl cleaner brush stuck in my toilet. How can I unclog my toilet?

Vanessa from Montreal, Canada


Toilet Bowl Cleaner Brush Stuck in Toilet

You might have to call in a professional plumber to take care of the problem. (01/09/2008)

By Marjorie

Toilet Bowl Cleaner Brush Stuck in Toilet

What about trying a pair of tongs to get the sponge out? Or bend a small hook on the end of a wire coat hanger and try to grab the edge of the head of the sponge? (01/09/2008)

Toilet Bowl Cleaner Brush Stuck in Toilet

They is a "gadget" you can buy at the home improvement stores that's inexpensive. I visited my daughter once when her toilet was stopped up and she could not afford a plumber. I pulled out a toy in a matter of minutes. Everyone with kids should have one of these things. They save a lot of plumber bills. (01/10/2008)

Toilet Bowl Cleaner Brush Stuck in Toilet

Just stick your hand down the toilet and your problems are all solved! Your welcome. (01/11/2008)

By Your Toilet Engineer

Toilet Bowl Cleaner Brush Stuck in Toilet

Just to clarify the brush thing is "not" visible and I have tried to reach it with a toilet "auger", coat hanger wire, and my hand. I think I'm going to take the toilet off and try to reach it. (01/12/2008)

Toilet Bowl Cleaner Brush Stuck in Toilet

Did you try a plunger? Pour a bucket of water in the toilet bowl, push the plunger just until you have suction, and then pull back hard to loosen the sponge. I wish you luck. (01/13/2008)

By Janice C.

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