When this fixture gets blocked, it's important to determine the cause. This guide is about unclogging a toilet.
By tisha 1
How do I unclog a toilet?
By Tisha from Stockbridge, GA
March 12, 2011
The best way is to purchase a plumbing "snake" from a home improvement store and use it to run down your plumbing line from the toilet to the sewer. It should unblock any obstruction you have in your line. With kids it is always a good idea to have one handy, lol!
By lacy 1
I did a dumb thing. I didn't realize that it was bad to flush cat poop down the toilet. I would scoop his litter box and flush the feces down the toilet. The litter was just regular clay litter, and I would shake all access litter off, but there was still pieces stuck to the feces.
It didn't cause damage at first so I didn't see a problem, but one day it backed up. Ever since, it has been semi clogged and will clog up easily. We have tried plunging but it is not helping. What should I do?
May 3, 2005
It's time for a plumber's snake. You can get one at the hardware. Fairly straight-forward on how to use.
Has anyone with a septic tank used the soap and hot water method to unclog toilets? Would this damage your septic tank?
By Billy from Rocky Mount, NC
I works and will not harm it. In fact, most commercial products don't harm them either. Just read the label on the container.
I recently read about a product that wil clear a toilet clogged with feminine products.
Do you know what it is?
By P Coolick
January 21, 20151 found this helpful
Some people used dish washing and hot water. Other people used vinegar and baking soda. However, I personally found a product on Amazon named Toilet Treatment Pro. It is a natural enzyme, specifically for unclogging toilets. It's helpful in my case, which was the clog from toilet paper. But, I think it can eliminate toilet clog from organic materials only (from its website). So, if your toilets are clogged from plastic bags or toys, it probably won't help.
My son flushed 5 thick baby wipes down the toilet. They went down, but now the toilet water pressure is slow and when it flushes you can hear that something is stuck. I put my hand in there and can't find where it is stuck. Should I pour something in there to eat or disintegrate the wipes? Please help it's a one year old toilet.
Have you tried running a plumbing snake down there to dislodge the wipes? You may even be able to 'snag' them and pull them out of the line.
You can find a snake at any big-box or hardware store for under $20USD. A 5-6 foot plumbing snake is a wonderful thing to have tucked into the tool box especially in a home with smaller children (ask me how I know this:). It's a very easy to use tool and stores compactly:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Cobra-Pro ... Auger-Each/21910136?findingMethod=rr
For tips on using one of these tools:
http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-P ... how-to-fix-a-clogged-toilet/View-All
I'm washing clothes the day before yesterday. I didn't know that I had thrown the laundry brush together with the used water into the toilet. Then it goes, we tried to use a plunger and heavy water. I did use a hanger, but it didn't work. I need your help. Should I call the plumber?
I had a VERY similar incident with a large towel getting stuck way down. We finally had to unscrew the entire toilet from the floor and there it was. Removed it easily. Sounds difficult to take up the toilet, but it truly isn't. Sorry this happened to you.
If the Closet Auger, Plunger and Dish Detergent Failed to unclog your toilet, try this!
I used the auger, plunger, and the dish soap resulting in a number of failed attempts. As I read several home improvement books online, the note that stuck in my head was entitled, "how to check if the upper flush holes are not clogged, by using a mirror". These holes are located out of sight, in the upper portion (underside) of the bowl. Anyway, if the goal is to maintain a good seal so that you can obtain the force needed to unclog the toilet, I suddenly realized that every time I thrust the plunger, more air was being directed from the upper flush holes, than the lower portion of the bowl. This decreased the force going into the desired location (lower portion of the bowl).
Solution: I took a clear plastic bag, cut a hole in the top, placed the handle of the plunger through the hole, to help prevent anything from splashing from the bowl, and I tucked the remainder of the plastic bag under the underside of the toilet to block some of the upper flush holes.
Despite not being able to block all of the upper flush holes, the few I did effectively block were enough to strengthened and re-direct the force of air going into the lower portion of the bowl, where the plunger was placed. Instantly my toilet was unclogged!
By majorshadow from San Diego, CA
Tips to help you unclog a stuck toilet.
If there is an object stuck in the toilet, the best thing to do is remove the toilet and place in tub or shower. Pour water into bowl and plunge. You can even try to use a coat hanger going in from the bottom to loosen the object then plunge again. It is a lot of work but it does work. My kids flushed an apple core. Putting in the tub will keep object from clogging pipes causing more problems. Just be sure to replace the wax seal. (05/12/2004)
Using a wire coat hanger, poke the end of the hanger into each little hole just under the rim of the bowl. Sometimes it is a calcium build up that causes the problem. I remembered this tip from our rental house years back ... that was what the plumber recommended to the tenant. After plunging with not much success, tried the tip above and it worked great. Saved having a plumber come out! (05/12/2004)
Is it a flush problem - water running out of the cistern slowly? Then the build up of mineral salts may be the problem as others have described. Or is it a drainage problem - the water flushes into the bowl OK but the bowl fills up and drains slowly away? If so the cheapest method is to get a large plunger - a rubber suction cup on a stick available for a few dollars at hardware shops. Plunge that up and down until the obstruction moves by the alternating negative and positive pressure. You may need to do this numerous times.
If that doesn't work plumbers have a long snake like thing they put down round the bend and it rotates and breaks up any obstructions. Preferable to having to disconnect the toilet I would think. If the obstruction is further along, e.g. tree roots growing into the underground drain pipe, this can also be bored out by a plumber but is not a permanent solution as they will grow back unless the offending plants are removed. (05/12/2004)
By Jo Bodey
We recently had problems with our toilet not flushing properly. The plumber said we had tree roots in the drain in the front yard. He said to go to Home Depot or someplace like that and by a bottle of stuff to put in the toilet to kill the roots. You have to do this twice a year. Just ask one of the people working there and they will show you what you ned to buy. (05/13/2004)
We recently had this problem and had to "snake" the toilet. We priced a snake at Home Depot and it was less than $20 -- but then a co-worker offered the use of his snake, so we didn't even have to spend that! It takes a little elbow grease, but it's a lot cheaper than calling a plumber! Also some major hardware stores may allow you to rent a snake, rather than purchase. (05/18/2004)
By Becki in Indiana
Add 1 cup of liquid dish soap, let it sit for a while, and flush to unclog toilets.
The dish soap tip works great! This method has worked for me every time. I usually give three big squirts from the bottle, let it sit a moment then flush again. Sometimes it takes plunging, but usually not. (05/20/2005)
Don't pull the toilet. the hole in the toilet is about an inch and a half and the drain pipe is at least 3. you can try a plunger but the toilet auger i.e. snake always works best. Also, if it doesn't stink too bad you can shut the lid and try again in the morning. The paper will dissolve over night (07/05/2005)
Try this if the plunger or auger fails... fill a bucket with warm water...about a 1/8 or 1/4 high and dump the water into the bowl from waist high into a nearly empty bowl. The water pressure from this impact sometimes will force any plugs in the trap to break up and flow through. You may have to do this more than once. (05/22/2006)
By Formerly Frustrated
The dishsoap idea worked! I used Dawn...if it dissolves grease, it will dissolve anything. I had paper towels stuck inside the pipe somewhere. I let the soap work overnight, then this morning I flushed and plunged. When I saw pieces of paper towel coming up I knew it had dissolved. Thank you for the great money saving idea! (07/10/2006)
Our toilet was backed up with kitty litter and paper towels - an impossible combination! We tried plunging, hot water, dish soap overnight...and were about to go to the hardware store to buy an auger when the Scunci came to mind. A Scunci, if you haven't seen on TV, is a hand held steamer which produces a jet of steam out a little nozzle. You're probably not supposed to do this, but we recalled how well it worked unblocking a clogged shower drain, so gave it a try. We first bailed out most of the water in the bowl and then put the end of the Scunci nozzle at the base of the toilet, hit the steam button and after just a couple of minutes and one more plunge, the toilet flushed perfectly. (09/09/2006)
By We Love Scunci!
Dishwashing liquid did the trick. Thank you! I had never heard of the concept but it worked like a dream. Some soap and my plunger then the problem was solved! (09/20/2006)
In order to unclog a toilet you will need dish soap and boiling water. Pour boiling water into toilet and then add some dish soap. Get a plunger and keep pushing. Eventually your toilet will suck up all the water and your work is done. Good Luck! (11/22/2006)
With 6 daughters are toilet is always clogging. At night we will pour a gallon of vinegar and let it sit overnight. This is a precaution. A gallon of vinegar is cheap $2-3. (01/29/2007)
I love all these ideas! With my three kids and a couple potty training, I will have plenty of opportunity to try these. I thought I'd add though, to not only keep a plunger nearby but purchase a "snake" from your local hardware store. This WILL fix any clog- trust me (lol). They are cheap, easy to use, and what the plumbers use. (02/04/2007)
My day began with nothing more pleasant (not!) than a clogged toilet. I've only experienced the joy of unclogging a toilet once before, so I didn't have a plunger on hand. Thank goodness I checked your website before running out to the store! I started first with dish soap, letting it sit for about 5 minutes, and then I poured in nearly boiling water. I let this combo sit for about 10 minutes before I went at the toilet with a coat hanger. Less than a minute later, my toilet was as good as new! Thank you! (02/10/2007)
It really worked. I just went to the home depot and bought a snake to unclog my toilet which I'e been working on for almost two hours. It didn't work. Then I read everyone talking about the dish soap. All I can say is thank you toilet clogging gods. it works like a champ. (02/17/2007)
By brian g
I never give my name over the internet but I tried the soap and boiling water to unplug my toilet and it worked. I really thought that it was a really ridiculous thing to try. It worked like a charm. Thank you very much. I was just going to call a plumber but did not want to put a mortgage on my house. Thanks again. (02/21/2007)
By MICHAEL MEGAFFIN
I've been at it for a week and tried everything Walmart has, nothing worked! A few squirts of soap and two pots of boiling water and a little plunger action and it WORKED! (02/23/2007)
Awesome solution. I just added some dish soap solution and 3 pots of boiling water and 2-3 plunges. It worked like a charm. Thanks a lot. (02/24/2007)
Tips to help you unclog a stuck toilet. How can I unclog my toilet?
Toni from Windsor Locks, CT
Dish detergent and hot water & plunging works great!
By Jim A
Thank you! I put in the dishing washing liquid, waited 5 minutes and added the boiling water. I was very skeptical, but it worked! We haven't used the downstairs bathroom in weeks! (03/03/2007)
I own a motel and I have a lot of clogged toilet issues. I had one toilet that I plunged for seven days straight and didn't think it would ever work right again. I used the squirt of Dawn dishsoap and the pot of boiling water poured in the bowl, and it worked! I won't bother buying all of the expensive products any more, this simple technique really works. (03/03/2007)
Fortunately the toilet was clean, I bailed out all the water except for a cup or two, filled it with a cup of Dawn soap. I poured in a large pan filled with boiling water from some height so as to force the water down the toilet and push the soap as far down as possible. I plunged for about 30 seconds and left it sit for 15 minutes. I returned and plunged for about 2 minutes and it broke free. I hoped, but didn't think this would work. I'm convinced. (03/06/2007)
Tips to help you unclog a stuck toilet. How can I unclog my toilet?
Thanks for posting this information. My toilet has been clogged for a couple of days and nothing has helped. The dawn dish washing liquid and the hot water did the trick! (02/10/2008)
Hot water+dish soap works! I just fixed my toilet problem within a minute. Thanks guys! (02/11/2008)
There are a lot of solutions posted that should do the trick. One warning is using hot water can crack the bowl, because the difference in temperature between the water in the ,bowl and hot or boiling water. If you use hot water make it not too hot.
Editor's Note Also be sure to start pouring the hot water slowing, to gradually change the temperature of the water in the toilet bowl. (02/13/2008)
This absolutely works! My upstairs toilet clogged for DAYS. I must have pumped the plunger 200 times over that period. Last night I put 1 c. dish washing detergent in, let it sit overnight and after the 2nd pot of boiling water this AM WHOOSH! (02/13/2008)
Amazing! I had tried all morning to unclog my toilet with the plunge and all I got was a big mess. It took only ONE try with a few squirts of dish soap and a pot of boiling water. DONE!
Thanks a lot! (02/16/2008)
OMG! worst ever toilet stuck and the water doesn't go down. A squeeze of dishwater liquid does it! OMG I can't believe it! Works works works! (02/17/2008)
OMG! worst ever toilet stuck and the water doesn't go down. A squeeze of dish washing liquid does it! OMG I cant believe it! Works works works! (02/17/2008)
This really works. I tried plunger, snake and chemicals but to no avail. The last resort was looking online and I found this and tried it. It works!
Thank you, Ben (02/19/2008)
By Ben K.
I live in an old building in Hollywood with lousy plumbing and the dish soap (3 strong squirts) and some jamming down the throat of the toilet with a bowl cleaner did the trick. (03/01/2008)
One of my brilliant roommates decided to pour spaghetti down the toilet. We worked for hours to unclog and FINALLY dish soap (no hot water) did the trick! Thanks everyone! (03/03/2008)
My toilet was clogged for days, I just typed in what unclogs toilets and this page came up. I just want to say thank you so much! You guys and gals saved me from having to hire a plumber. The soap and the hot water works. If it is really clogged it might just take more dish soap, more hot water and plunging. WOW and it works GREAT! (03/06/2008)
The dish soap really worked! I was unsure at first, but now I really believe! THANKS! You all saved me! (03/06/2008)
I had clogged my toilet and it wasn't pleasant. It was late at night and i didn't have a snake or plunger. As a last resort I did a search and came across this site. I poured a cup of dish washing soap and slowly added boiling water. I let sit for 10 minutes and flushed. Nothing. I left the bathroom dejected and all of a sudden I heard a swoosh. It worked! (03/06/2008)
I had a toilet clogged with paper towels for almost a week. I'd exhausted all my ideas and was about to call the plumber. In desperation I searched the web and found this dish soap and hot water idea and tried it. Voila! It worked! Four or five good shots of dish soap and hot tap water (I was afraid to use boiling), and in five minutes I gave it a couple plunges and it dumped! Many thanks to the brainiac on this one! cbarnatwkdotnet (03/11/2008)
By Rick McGuire
Thank you so much for the tip on Dishwasher detergent and hot water! Saved me from a lot of trouble.
Why are we not supposed to put commercial drain openers in toilet bowl? Does it kill the bacterias required for disintegration of sewage? Wouldn't dishwasher liquid have the same effect on the bacterias? Well, whether it does or does not , it sure unclogged the toilet! (03/12/2008)
By Sabrina, Pennsylvania
THANK YOU. I took your advise (3 squirts of dish soap and hot water), and water did not recede right away. After I poured some water, it receded a little. I then used the ball type plunger twice. It worked!
From G_zilla (03/13/2008)
So, I'm babysitting and I've been feeling a bit jammed up lately. My stomach is killing me and finally I'm like: "Yay! It's time!"
I go in and, you know. Well, I almost passed out from the effort but finally I'm done. I glance down and I'm like: "Oh. My. Gosh. THAT poo is bigger than Bono right there."
I wondered if it would make it down at all, but I thought, what are you going to do with it now? So flush. Clog. I search for friend's plunger and yeah, they don't have a plunger. I pack up the baby, go to the store, buy a plunger and...yeah, Didn't Even Touch It.
So I'm having a small heart attack worrying about my friends coming home to the aftermath of the world's largest poo. It'll be pretty embarrassing to have to offer to pay for a plumber and, I mean, obviously I did it because they didn't do it and no one else has been there. Pretending it didn't happen is not an option.
I tried the dish soap as an absolute last ditch effort. I almost didn't do it because I thought that explaining a bubbly clogged up toilet would be even worse than explaining a regular one. But thank God I did!
Three big squirts. Let it sit a few minutes. Couple of plunges. Disappointment...left the bathroom. Friend calls and says they're on their way home. I think: "Well, one last try. And, huzzah, one small plunge later and No More Clog! (03/14/2008)
By Yay It Worked!
IT REALLY, REALLY WORKS. We were skeptical at first but just tried it and it worked. Thanks! (03/15/2008)
Well, I had a clogged toilet, thought the problem was fixed. Used a plunger on it and got the ever satisfying swirl. Several hours go by and the clog settles back in - at my wits end, I searched the web and found this site. Encouraged by the positive feedback by this odd method and frustrated by valuable time wasted with no results, I tried this way and after my second attempt - no success. I think this is a bogus method myself. (03/19/2008)
I was very skeptical, but the dish detergent and hot water really worked! (03/21/2008)
Call me a skeptic, but I was desperate. At home, toilet clogged and filled to the brim, the only one we have---for a family of 5! husband not due home for 4 or more hours.
Plunged-no luck. Put in soap--nothing happened. Went to store bought snake--no luck. Siphoned out all the water and put in hot water from bathroom sink---plunged twice more and VOILA! A clean functional (albeit a tad sudsy) toilet!
Thank you! (03/25/2008)
This really works. After much struggle, my 6 year old deposited what must have been a world record sized output and it clogged the toilet. It wouldn't flush, but would drain after a few minutes.
I tried the ball plunger, but it didn't work. Tried a drain cleaner with sulfuric acid and it didn't work.
Then after reading this I put a good squirt of dish washing liquid in the toilet, waited a few minutes while boiling a few quarts of water, then poured the hot water into the toilet and flushed. It went right down. (03/29/2008)
Toilet has been clogged since Saturday night. Sunday afternoon i decided 2 check internet. Thank you. The detergent and hot water really works! Thanks again. (03/30/2008)
Yes, I used this method today after I clogged the toilet. This was the fifth time I clogged the toilet, and the plunger did not work this time. Found your tip, followed it (three squirts of dish washing liquid, wait a few minutes, get a potful of boiling hot water and pour, wait a few minutes and plunge), and it worked like a charm! Thanks! It saved me from having to call apartment maintenance, and the embarrassment of explaining why the toilet was clogged in the first place! (03/31/2008)
I tried the hot water (boiling) and 3 squirts of dish soap. I'm not sure if that was what worked it out or not but I put about 16 cups of hot water in and plunged a lot, even emptied the bowl twice. When my husband came home he suggested plunging faster and that is what finally worked. It was certainly better than using additional chemicals! (03/31/2008)
Thanks a bunch for that privy information about the dish soap! I had tried everything including an auger, but none worked. Then I tried the dish soap/hot water and in 20 minutes our one and only toilet was unclogged PHEW! I was so worried that my six year old little boy would have to go and with no working toilet. (04/01/2008)
By Ms. Ireallydontwannagointhewoods
Thanks so much! My husband has been fighting the clogged toilet all night, and dish soap worked on the first try. I've never heard of this remedy before, but we'll remember it from now on! (04/01/2008)
The dish soap and hot water worked great! My son stuffed a bunch of paper towels down the upstairs toilet, this made it run OK. (04/02/2008)
I am amazed at how well this worked! I'll definitely share this with everyone I know!! (04/02/2008)
This worked for me too! Thanks! (04/03/2008)
Yes! Thank you very much! The dish soap/boiling water combination did the trick. I snaked and snaked the toilet, plunged for an hour to no avail before this. Thank you again for such a simple solution! 04/05/2008 (04/05/2008)
Awesomeness. unclogged in less than 10 minutes! (04/09/2008)
Yep - worked great, just like everyone else said. Put dish soap, waited, then hot water (slowly)...waited....then plunged. Nothing. Drain must have been slowly running however, because almost no water left in bowl. I flush again & the bowl starts filling too full again, so I feverishly start plunging & 'oila!'It drains completely and unclogs! This is after 45 minutes of plunging it with no effect! Thank you so much! (04/10/2008)
Wow, I was about to call the plumber. I have been plunging for a LONG time. Looked online, read this thread. Put in the palmolive and a big bucket of hot water, flushed it right down! Thank you thank you! (04/12/2008)
Try using a long pluming snake. If your toilet continues to clog it could be a problem with the plumbing or things could be getting thrown down that should not be. "stop putting paper towels down the toilet", says my father. (04/13/2008)
Another happy customer. It took a few tries, and draining the cold (dirty) water from the bowl so the hot water could do its thing, but it worked. The soap alone wasn't enough for this one, and it took a while for the clog to break loose once the hot water and soap was applied.
Oh, an important FYI: if your dog ever throws up his dinner right after he eats because he drank too much water too fast, DO NOT flush the regurgitated food down the toilet. (04/18/2008)
Like an idiot, I called the plumber first, then looked on the internet. The race was on and luckily, the plumber was behind schedule. After plunging both toilets and watching my bathtub backup for an hour, I tried the soap and hot water. First attempt worked within seconds. The second toilet came clean after a few plunges. It really worked! (04/19/2008)
I LOVE the internet! Was going nuts with a clog that was effecting both of my toilets! Came here and saw all of the rave reviews about dish soap and hot water, so OF COURSE I tried it! A about 5 good squirts of soap, slowly poured in a pot of boiling water, plunged about 10 times and then flushed. GONE! Unbelievable, truly amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you whoever divulged this miraculous secret! (04/26/2008)
I was skeptical when reading this article about pouring hot water and soap for a stubborn clog. However I was turned into a believer, tried to unclog a toil for about half hour even used an auger and voila, tried the hot water and soap and it worked like a charm. Thanks a bunch! (04/27/2008)
Did it about 10 seconds ago, it had been clogged for a day from paper towels. I had blisters on my hands from plunging, so thankful I found this idea. I was very skeptical, but the minute I put the semi-warm water in, it worked instantly, no additional plunging needed! Thank you. (04/28/2008)
This is amazing. We flushed a toilet cleaning head down the toilet only to find it is was a disposable cleaning head and not a flushable one. We tried everything; multiple plunges, chemicals, even went and bought a plumbing snake. To our disappointment none of these worked. I was ready to quit and thought I would try looking online. Should have done that first and saved myself about $35. Tried this, and it worked the first time. About 4 squirts of dish soap, one pot of boiling water, and 10-15 plunges our toilet is back in action. Thanks for the tip. (04/29/2008)
Fantastic! After a vile day spent plunging and flushing to no avail, found this site and tried washing up liquid plus a kettle of boiling water. Didn't quite work the first time, though the pan did empty itself, very slowly. Tried again 15 minutes later, then plunged a few times and it went. Thank goodness. Feel thoroughly sick now though! (05/03/2008)
I can't believe worked! but it did. Thanks so much. (05/04/2008)
Car's in the shop so we're stranded at the house and plunging didn't work, and neither did the wire hanger. Two days with the clog and we were getting desperate when I looked online for a solution. Being someone who looks everything up online, I don't know why I didn't look it up sooner! We were about ready to walk to the store to get Drano. Glad we didn't have to do that. Thanks a lot! (05/04/2008)
By Thank you Thank you!
Can't believe it worked. I let the detergent sit overnight, and poured the boiling water in this morning. It unclogged after about a minute or so. Amazing, thank you very much for the handy solution. (05/06/2008)
1 c. Dish detergent + pot of hot water = unclogged toilet! Amazing! I love home remedies. So glad I tried this. (05/09/2008)
I thought everyone was crazy when I read the reviews on the dish soap and hot water and my toilet was driving me crazy! My cousin and his wife used to live where we live now and she used to flush baby wipes down the toilet and always wondered why they had problems.
Well when we moved in and they moved downstairs we inherited their plumbing problem. We were getting sick of having to plunge the toilet after every bathroom use and the plunger was usually no help anyways. Well today was one of those days so I did a search to see what I could do. I tried the dish soap thing and it was amazing. I know to never waste my money again. Thank You! (05/10/2008)
By Cassie Robbins
Worked great. My toilet had been clogged for 2 days and when we flushed any other toilet in the house it would come up through the clogged toilet. I tried plunging and also tried the snake but nothing. I saw this post and decided "WHY NOT?". I put about 3 squirts of dawn and 2 pots of hot water and presto.....the clog is gone. Awesome tip. (05/18/2008)
Mine has been clogged (no water) for a month, I poured the dish soap in, one big pot of water...warm, couple plunges and woosh, clog gone :) (05/19/2008)
I'm always the skeptic, but when you can't get rid of a clog, you'll try anything. The dish soap and a kettle of boiling water followed by a few plunges actually worked! Thanks! (05/20/2008)
This is great! The super hadn't come, we were looking at a day's plans ruined since we'd have to wait around for him, and searched the net for a solution. Everyone raved about this method (at other sites as well) so we tried it. It took about 15 minutes, and the bowl nearly overflowed with suds (my fault, I used too much dish liquid), but it eventually worked. Had some minor clogging the next day, but another squirt of dish liquid did the trick quickly. Stick with 2 squirts, and don't give up if it takes a while. (05/24/2008)
It Freaking Works! Got to say I was about to post a negative comment after trying it once, but went back and poured some more hot water and plunged a few more times and it sucked the water and everything right in! Darn awesome.
Here is exactly what I did:
Boiled about a gallon of water with dish detergent, I added about 1/2 cup of it, poured the hot water into the toilet directly, plunged a few times, added some more hot water, plunged about 4 more times and Barabim Baraboom no more clogged toilet. Thanks! (05/25/2008)
By It Freaking Works!
My toilet was clogged for 3 days. Everyday we worked on getting it unclogged. It was so bad that we left the house every time we had to use the bathroom.
With every plunge, it seemed as though I could plunge everything up, but not make it go back down. (GROSS)
I forgot I was going to look for a solution online 2 days ago, and right when I got online to find a plumber, I remembered to look this up.
I boiled a tea kettle of water and threw some dish detergent in the bowl while I was waiting. When the water was boiled, i put in half the kettle, plunged until it broke loose and started draining slowly, then threw in the other half and plunged again and it all went down so easy. I boiled another pot just in case I would need it, but by the time the other kettle was hot, the toilet was working beautifully. Thank you so much. (05/31/2008)
By Clogging Molly
Thank you - this worked fantastically! Such an odd occurrence, appreciate the advice. (06/02/2008)
Wow, it really worked. At first it filled back up again but as I was going to send a bad comment, I found out it worked. And a really good thing happened, it cleaned our toilet too.
Just tried it and it worked in less than a minute! We used about 2 qts water from the instahot; poured in about a half cup of dish washing liquid and then the hot water slowly, waited less than a minute, plunged a few times and it freed up! Thanks to all (06/03/2008)
I went to a couple of sites and saw this tip. Then I came here and read the rave reviews. I squeezed some Dawn into the toilet and made the water just hot enough that I could still stick my finger in it. I poured the water in and the clog cleared IMMEDIATELY! Now I don't have to kill my roommate. (06/04/2008)
I almost can always unclog a toilet with a plunger. I'm like the queen of unclogging toilets. However my whole toilet was stopped up and I was freaking out. I couldn't plunge my way through this mess. So, I just tried the whole water and soap thing. In less than 2 minutes I just flushed and it went down, it is absolutely amazing. Thanks for the idea! (06/08/2008)
It worked! Hot water, dish soap, and relentless plunging! Thanks for the idea! (06/08/2008)
I told my daughters boyfriend about this site and method. The toilet was full and nasty. He said *yah well I'll run to my moms and get a snake, I know that will work!* I said well at the price of gas I would try this first. I think he didn't want to admit a senior citizen would know the solution. After I got home my daughter called all happy and said *Mom it worked! lol She was so glad.. plus it saved a 20 mile car ride and the gas! Yay me.
I mean TFC! lol (06/08/2008)
Boil some water (about 2qts)
1/2 cup dish washing liquid
Pour 1/2 the boiled water into bowl.
Pour 1/2 cup dish liquid on top.
Pour rest of water over that
Plunge, plunge, plunge,
If clog not cleared, add more water (hot is ok if not boiled)
Keep plunging and adding hot water.
If it doesn't clear, at least the stench is covered by the soap (bonus to this trick!)
Keep plunging and adding hot water- took me about 10 min overall.
Editor's Note: It does seem to help if you wait a few minutes after putting in the dish soap and give it some time to work. (06/14/2008)
Thank you! (06/15/2008)
By Jessie W
Best solution ever.
I was desperate after my roommate decided to use 2 feet of toilet paper to wipe, and ended up leaving both the mess and the toilet paper in there. I was frantically trying to plunge to to no avail so I searched online.
After 3 pots of water and soap it was all clean. LOVE IT! Will be using this for probably the rest of my life. thanks :) (06/15/2008)
It did work, thanks a lot$$ (06/15/2008)
My mom and I just tried this literally about 15 minutes ago and it worked. I have to say, we were skeptical at first, but it worked. What we did was pour the dish soap in the toilet bowl and then slowly poured the boiling water in. We let it sit about 4 minutes and then plunged about three or four times and the water went down the drain. Then we flushed it and it was fine! It worked really really well. (06/17/2008)
Stupidly flushed 7-8 paper towels in our downstairs bathroom. Didn't realize it had clogged - next day while taking a shower in same bathroom, water wasn't draining and flushing toilet again made things worse.
Liquid Plumber in the shower drain, waited 4 hours - nothing. 1/2 cup soap in toilet, 1 gallon hot water, plunger immediately. After about 10 plunges, water flushed down toilet, and standing water in shower started draining.
Great advice, dish soap rocks!
Worked within seriously a minute. I was skeptical but this is the best way great way to unclog a toilet. (06/19/2008)
My daughter just clogged our toilet and spent almost 1 hr. to unclog using a plunger. I was ready to get a plumber's snake but hesitated since i think it will be too messy. I saw this solution and boiled a kettle of water, poured 1/2 cup of dish soap, it worked after using the plunger 6 times! (06/22/2008)
Thank you again for the internet community for giving advice on such a topic matter. I am currently visiting my girlfriend's house in the Bay area and found myself clogging their toilet by stupidly flushing 2 pieces of toilet paper down the drain. I ended up buying 2 plungers, the 2nd one being more high tech than the first, but none of them seemed to fix the problem.
My girlfriend's dad ended up using the toilet and found out about the clogging and called me out. Pretty embarrassing. He was planning on calling the plumber the next day, but I desperately searched online for a solution and glad I came across this thread. The trick worked perfectly and no more clog / embarrassment. (06/22/2008)
By Guest Visiting Girlfriend's Parents
My daughter just clogged our toilet and spent almost 1 hr. to unclog using a plunger. I was ready to get a plumber's snake but hesitated since I thought it will be too messy. I saw this solution and boiled a kettle of water, poured 1/2 cup of dish soap, it worked after using the plunger 6 times! (06/23/2008)
OMG Thank you so much for telling us this, i was plunging like crazy hoping to get toilet unclogged before mom got home then I went online and found this awesome thread. I did what it said and 2 plunges, walla toilet unclogged. Thanks. (06/24/2008)
THIS REALLY WORKS! Today is June 26, 2008 and I clogged the toilet. I was using the plunger and the water just kept coming up. I was plunging for like an hour >.<. Anyway, I turned to the Internet and I
1)Boiled water in a hot pot, 2) Let 1/2 cup of dish soap sit on the toilet,
3) Plunged, 4) Poured more hot water, 5) Let it sit for like a minute, 6) Plunged again, 7) Thought it wasn't working so I left for like another minute,
8) When I came back it seemed unclogged so I plunged some more and flushed and SCORE! UNCLOGGED. I don't know how long it takes for other people to unclog it but it works. (06/26/2008)
I just tried it and it worked! I even used environmentally friendly dish soap. I always thought you had to plunge while you flushed for some reason, but now I know better. (06/29/2008)
Genius! Stupidly, I dropped some doggy pooh filled paper towels in the toilet and I've been battling a guest bathroom clog for 2 weeks now. I even went out and bought an auger. Nothing works. I was hesitant to pour hot water into my toilet in fear that it would crack. I poured some Dawn Dish washing liquid in the toilet bowl and waited less than 5 minutes. Then I plunged 3 times and poof... it was gone. Yeah! (07/06/2008)
Genius! Stupidly, I dropped some doggy pooh filled paper towels in the toilet and I've been battling a guest bathroom clog for 2 weeks now. I even went out and bought an auger. Nothing works. I was hesitant to pour hot water into my toilet in fear that it would crack. I poured some Dawn Dish washing Liquid in the toilet bowl and waited less than 5 minutes. Then, I plunged like 3 times and poof, it was gone. Yeah! (07/06/2008)
YES, YES, the dish soap and hot water did work for me! My grand daughter threw a lot a paper towel in the toilet and flushed. It was really clogged. We tried to unstop for hours using a plunger - it did not work. had to try the dish soap and hot water about 5 times and the 6th time it work! Thanks, thanks, thanks! (07/07/2008)
I tried this method before and it worked but last night I had a major stop up and I tried this for several hours. I even when out and bought a new plunger and it didn't work, but the old auger took care of it. So whoever mentioned using an auger, hey, it worked for me. (07/09/2008)
Thank you. Thank you. Just did this and it worked great. My son put 8 baby wipes down the toilet and clogged it super bad. My husband put a snake down the toilet and it still would not flush. I told him about this site and he laughed and said go ahead and try it. Well who had the last laugh, me. It worked. Thank you. (07/09/2008)
I can't believe that the dish soap and boiling water worked. I only had a little dish soap left so didn't think it would work but as soon as I poured in the hot water and pumped the plunger a couple times the clog cleared. I just couldn't believe it. My roommate was just as amazed as I was. I'm just so glad it did work, didn't want to have to spend money on a plumber! (07/11/2008)
I can't believe hot water and Dawn worked. It took 30 seconds and a couple of plunges. (07/12/2008)
My boyfriend is in Japan and the apartments fix it guys was out of town til late, so I gave this a try. One pot of boiling water and a couple shots of ordinary dish soap did the trick in about 5 minutes! Thanks so much! (07/12/2008)
After reading the posts here, I poured in a cup of dish washing liquid in my clogged toilet, which by then had emptied of water, and then followed it up with a pot of boiling water. I plunged and plunged, hot soapy water splashing all over the bathroom floor and on me. After about 2 minutes of plunging, I flushed, and the water came back up. I thought I had wasted my time. Then I read a post here about using a wire hanger to try to free up whatever was clogging the drain. I tried that, and resumed with the plunging. In just a few seconds, the water went down. I flushed, and it was okay. I'm so happy! I was about to call for a plumber. The dish soap, hot water trick really works. And if the clog persists, a wire hanger might just be the thing for you.
(b)Editor's Note:(/b) A cup of dish washing liquid is really a lot, just a couple of squirts is enough. (07/16/2008)
Thank you-this site is an absolute lifesaver. I was tearing out my hair for a whole week of wire hanger hell then I decided to search the net as a last resort and hey presto! I can't believe dish washing liquid + hot water actually works. LOTS of hot water. I didn't even have to use a plunger!:) (07/17/2008)
It totally works! I flushed my cats poop down and it totally clogged, then read this and it worked the first try! THANK YOU! (07/18/2008)
This worked fabulously! I plunged for 3 hours to no avail. found this site, followed instructions and SWISH! Water went down the drain! This is a life (and money) saver! (07/22/2008)
By My kid's mom
I have tried for 2 days to unclog our toilet. We got the snake, Drano...you know the drill. My husband said that we should just go and call the plumber. I came across this and my husband laughed. I tried it and it worked. Thank you for saving us at least a hundred bucks. Gotta love Pamolive; hands are soft and toilet smells great! (07/23/2008)
By Becky in Little Rock
Thank you so much! We just moved into a rental and the toilet not working right. I used some dish soap and hot water and PRESTO it worked. (07/23/2008)
Amazing! I'm a natural skeptic but being so desperate and realizing a lot of cleaning products couldn't be used on my toilet, I gave it a shot. I squirted in some dishwasher soap, threw in a pot of boiling water, flushed. No solution. I plunged a few times, squirted some soap, plunged, flushed and it was done. Really soapy but it cleaned itself out. Definitely recommended. (07/27/2008)
I tried for 20 minutes to unclog a toilet with plunging without success. I got on the net and found this post. As my wife was calling a plumber, I poured the dish washing soap in the toilet and boiled water (when in Rome.....). Before she could make the appointment with the plumber, I had old faithful flushing like new.
Unbelievable but true. MMZ (07/30/2008)
I'm glad I don't have plumbing problems at home, but I am a housekeeper and had a clogged toilet at work. But it was only toilet paper that wouldn't flush. it wasn't Charmin, but was high quality stuff (saying that after reading about Charmin being heavy and causing clogs). Anyway, I actually use a cleaning cart. Since I work for a company so I had Ivory dish washing liquid in it. I was almost glad to have a clogged toilet so I could try this! lol ONE big squirt and flushed and the heavy TP flushed! I was like WOW. No wonder the TFC people brag on this! lol (07/31/2008)
It worked, but yes, use a lot of water and don't expect it to work right away. (08/06/2008)
By mr. clean
Today is 8-8-08 and my daughters decided to put 2 rolls worth of quilted northern tp in the potty and flush....major clog. I plunged 3x thought it was gone boy was I wrong. Their dad used it number 2 and wham clogged even worse. So I got on line found this site and I had heard of the dish liquid thing before and thought no way will that ever work. So to top it all off 2 rolls of tp and a "mans" clog I tried it and after about a 1/4 cup of generic dish soap and 8 pots of boiling water..nothing.
I plunged til my arms ached, then I gave up letting it sit for 20 minutes. I went back in to the bathroom and low and be hold some of the water had gone down. I plunged about 4 more times and wah-la!the clog was gone. Thank god because i wasn't trying to call the maintenance guy to fix it and charge me $150 to do the same thing. (08/08/2008)
By Joanne in Pittsfield, MA
Oh My God, I am so glad I found this site. I plunged and plunged. My daughter put paper towels down the toilet and it did get clogged (boy did it get clogged). I used Liquid Drainer and plunged, did not work. Poured some Dawn down the drain. Plunged a couple times and man talk about a happy dance. I am a single mother so that saved me the time of almost calling a plumber. (08/08/2008)
Unbelievable. My 6 year old used paper towels instead of TP and totally clogged the line. After more than a day of liquid plumber and plunging, found this dish detergent suggestion. 1 cup of detergent and 2 qts of hot tap water. I hadn't even completely poured in the water when the clog gave. Thank you for the terrific advice! (08/09/2008)
By Bill in Lynchburg
I accidentally flushed a cleaning sponge, & tried everything including purchasing a toilet auger. But this is the only thing that worked! Thanks so much! (08/09/2008)
By Julie 1972
Um, where do I find the actual, proper instructions? Do you put soap in first then water? or both together? Help?
(b)Editor's Note(/b) Put a couple of squirts of dish washing liquid (for hand dish washing) into the toilet. Plunge a little then let it sit for a couple of minutes and follow with a pot of hot or boiling water. You may need to plunge again but many people find that this works quite well. If there is a toy or something hard stuck in the toilet, this will not work and you would do better trying to fish it out with a coat hanger. This seems to work for most natural clogs. (08/14/2008)
OMG. My 2 year old clogged our toilet with baby wipes AND at least a half roll of TP. Praise GOD it worked. REALLY didn't have the $$ for a plumber! Thanks for the advice! (08/16/2008)
Absolutely incredible! Plunging hadn't worked, Liquid Plumber hadn't, and an auger hadn't. This procedure worked perfectly the first time. Thanks for saving me several dollars for a plumber's house call. (08/18/2008)
This absolutely works; can anyone explain what makes it work? I was able to wait overnight and with another kettle of boiling water this morning and a couple of plunges we were clear. My bad for flushing a clump of kitty litter! (08/19/2008)
My hubby and I couldn't believe it, this really works! It only took a few minutes. Thanks so much. (08/20/2008)
Wow! That worked great! I can hardly believe it! (08/20/2008)
I just moved into my residence at university, and bam I clog the toilet in my shared dorm suite. None of my roommates are home and I was totally helpless. I tried plunging alone but no luck. Then I came across this, a couple dumps of hot water and plunging. Dish soap was the answer. thanks you saved me from a super embarrassing phone call. (08/28/2008)
I NEVER would have believed it if I didn't try it. I have been plunging for 3 days. I was just about to call a plumber and I found this site. Can't believe it WORKED! So glad I came across this site! Many thanks! (08/29/2008)
By Kim W
Adding boiling water & dish washing soap really works! I had the WORST clog imaginable and I tried everything and nothing worked until I used this method. At first it didn't work as quickly as others have claimed. But I repeated the steps multiple times with plunging and by the fourth time, it worked! yay! I was so close to calling a plumber, but I'm glad I didn't! :) (08/31/2008)
Thank you, thank you! I can't believe it worked. Thanks for all your comments, as it got me to try it and ta da! (09/01/2008)
I am the BIGGEST skeptic when it comes to this kind of stuff. NOTHING worked that I tried. I was ready to either cry or pull my hair out. However, THIS WORKED! I put 5 big squirts of liquid dish detergent, let it sit as instructed, then poured boiling water in the toilet, I let it sit a minute or so, started plunging and it FINALLY gave way.
Thank you because I didn't want to tell my husband when he woke up in the morning that I pulled a BIG TIME rookie move by clogging the toilet and now we would have to shell out bucks for a plumber. You saved my backside. GOD BLESS YOU! :) (09/02/2008)
Just like the rest of you guys it worked for me too (and I didn't even own a plunger) the toilet was clogged and water raised nearly to the top. So I squirted in some dish washing liquid, waited, then came back and poured in some boiling hot water. Nothing much was happening but with a coat hanger I pushed and prodded the clogged paper and down it all went! Thank you so much. Saved me so much time and money! (09/04/2008)
This is the bomb. I did it in 10 minutes. I didn't even have to plunge more than 5 times. I used a non name brand of detergent. I just squirted some dish detergent about 1/2 cup in toilet while I boiled water 2 mins and read these TRUE testimonies then I poured the water in toilet, let sit for 5 mins while reading more TRUE testimonies on how it works then I went back and plunged, noticed the water was going down so I flushed and UH its a beautiful thing especially for my wallet. (09/05/2008)
By TD Malave Georgia
My son dropped a nectarine seed in the toilet, it still had some of the fruit on it. It was down too far in the toilet to retrieve it - so he says. Anyway I've tried everything except the plumber.
I just tried this dishwashing liquid trick - I'm still waiting - I hope it works.
By fruit in toilet!
This is fantastic! I plunged on this clog for 1/2 a day! I have never had such a clog. I'd heard of trying hot water before, so I had put in a bucketful. Now, I had a clogged toilet full of dirty hot water. I searched online under 'hot water to unclog toilet' and found this info about the dish soap. So, instead of dipping out the nasty hot water into a bucket first, I just put in three big squirts of dish soap, then boiled a pot of water.
When it was ready I poured it in the toilet, which brought the water level almost completely to the top. I waited about 10 minutes hoping the clog would just clear up completely, or at least drain some so I'd have room to plunge. Well, it didn't drain at all. So, I through caution to the wind and plunged anyway. It took about 20 'gentle' plunges and the clog and water drained away with a very satisfying sucking noise! I poured in two more buckets of hot water for good measure, which both drained.
Then, I flushed the toilet three times just to make sure. I am so relieved that I took care of this before my husband got home. Thanks for the great tip! (09/09/2008)
By Lisa in Oklahoma
THANK YOU! My toddler flushed a large handful of baby wipes down the toilet and for a week morning noon and night my wife and I have been plunging to no avail. I was about to make the dreaded call to waste some more money on a plumber when my wife found this site and she immediately tried this procedure and PRESTO! IT REALLY WORKS! Our toilet works better than it did BEFORE it ever got clogged.
THANK YOU! (09/11/2008)
This is excellent! Happiness and long life to whomever initially posted the solution. I had accidentally flushed a disposable razor 2 days before the clog backed up. I used palmolive--4 generous squirts. Let it sit while the kettle boiled. Poured the hot water and let that sit for 10 minutes. Then I used the plunger a couple of times. I repeated the process and flushed 3 times. All is good now. (09/12/2008)
Worked GREAT! Saved my life other bathroom is being remodeled so only had one toilet in main house! Thanks (09/14/2008)
Thanks so much for the idea after 4 days of clogged toilet i searched the net and this worked fantastic. I did do some plunging but was working in 15 minutes. (09/20/2008)
I had no plunger so I tried using the wire hanger...didn't work. I googled how to unclog a toilet without a plunger, and this came up! I used detergent AND dish soap and i used a stick to stir up the bubbles. Then I dumped a huge pot of boiled water...flushed and TADA! It went down...slowly, but it did. I repeated it again to get a better result. No plunger needed! (09/22/2008)
OMG! This really does work! I found out about this website in Reader's Digest and put in my problem and it was all free! Thanks! (09/24/2008)
My toilet has been clogged for days. My kids flushed baby wipes down the toilet and I haven't been able to unclog them until I found this website. I had no idea that dish soap would work. Whoever figured this out is awesome. Thanks a lot. (09/24/2008)
So easy and simple household products! Boiled hot water, let half a cup of dish soap in the toilet in the mean time. poured a little bit of the water in, plunged a few times, added more water, plunged a few more times, flushed and tadah :) (09/26/2008)
Thank you, thank you! After HOURS of plunging and yelling at each other, myself and my husband somehow came across this great idea. We were a bit skeptical at first, but we were desperate, and it worked! I now have a toilet full of soapy suds- which is much better than what was there before!
Thanks heaps! (09/29/2008)
This works. I just tried it. My toilet has been clogged up for a few days. Thank god I have additional bathrooms in the house. Anyways, I did this about 5 minutes ago. Let the water get low again and put the dish washing liquid in the toilet and waited about 5 min and poured about 3/4 bucket of hot water in the toilet and then plunged. Now it's unclogged! This is genius! Thanks! (10/02/2008)
Apparently there's a wrong and right way to plunge, and I was doing it the wrong way. I finally got the clog free, and I imagine the soap and hot water helped a bit. (10/05/2008)
After 2 bottles of drano and a wire hanger I was getting desperate to get my toilet unclogged. At first I was skeptical about the dish soap doing the trick but at 1 am you're willing to try anything, especially in a one bath apartment. I couldn't believe it when after only a few minutes of plunging I could flush my toilet again. Thank you so much. (10/05/2008)
I am staying at a hotel, and have been here about two weeks. I clogged the toilet, and was really upset about it. I didn't know what to do, so I found this thread, and decided to try it. I put the soap in the toilet (three good squirts)and left it in there about 20 minutes.I started boiling the water. I then took a plastic coat hanger and stirred the mix around.
The water had gone down to about half the toilet bowl at this point. I poured about half a pot of boiling water, waited 1 minute, then flushed it. It rose to the top, so I frantically turned the water valve off. Thank god just before the water came spilling out. lol. Then it sat there at the top of the bowl, and finally shot down the drain after about 1 more minute. I am so glad I tried this, I am laughing so hard it's difficult to type. Thank you (10/06/2008)
YES, it all works. A combination of all the things on this page will flush away your problems. Just keep doing the soap and hot water thing over and over while combining plunging, hangers, snakes, etc. It could take up to an hour and a half, I know from experience, dude. Husbands laugh not at your wives, and wives...do not YELL! As for all the doubters and haters, you lack the determination and patience to see it through till the end. (10/08/2008)
By Toilet Clogging American
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We only have 1 bathroom and my son decided to use a bunch of the Cottonelle wipes, stopping up the toilet. I used 3 generous squirts of dish soap and about 5 cups of boiled water. I plunged for less than a minute and the clog was gone. (10/12/2008)
Another happy customer! Similar story as many others - my 3 year old used a LOT of TP and after days of plunging and snaking, nada. This method still took a while, and a second application of soap (and total of three kettles full of boiled water), but voila - in the end, magic! (10/12/2008)
Unbelievable! This is the BEST method I have ever tried! Bravo to whoever came up with this idea, and THANK YOU! You just saved me from major embarrassment! :) (10/14/2008)
IT REALLY WORKS!
My sister and I were just finishing making lasagna when she went to the bathroom to replenish the TP and found clear water running over from the toilet. We tried plunging, to no avail. The we decided to try and remove some water to the tub, but to our surprise the tub had clear water backing up also.
What a mess - we were just getting ready to make a call to a plumber, but then I remembered just reading an article in Reader's Digest about unclogging a drain with Dawn dish detergent and hot water. What would it hurt to try? We had all the ingredients.
So we did and now the drains are working better than before. Since we both have septic systems we decided to make this a "monthly" maintenance chore. For any skeptics - which included my sister - it really did work. We saved the expense of a weekend call to a plumber. (10/19/2008)
By Bea & Rhea.
Do you have any ideas on how to unclog a toilet without calling a plumber?
Jes from Calhoun City, MS
First, you could try pouring a bucket or two of water in the toilet to see if that will dislodge the blockage. Second, try a plunger to unclog the blockage. Every home should have one.
Third, rent what is called a snake. That is a wire that is fed into the toilet.
Fourth, if none of those work then take out the toilet and clean out the discharge pipe and the toilet. If you call a plumber, he will do steps 2 through 4 in that order.
You are all my heroes - this worked like a charm, and saved me (a new, single homeowner) the expense (and embarrassment) of having to call a plumber! Thanks! (10/21/2008)
Even though you have to do it a few times (plunge, pour, wait, repeat), it totally works! I have been trying to unclog my toilet all day and it finally worked after I tried the soap/hot water solution. You have to have a bit of patience, but stick with it, this will definitely help. Thank you so much for whoever came up with this! (10/23/2008)
By Unclogged At last
Thanks, a bucket of hot water and dish washing soap worked for the toilet clog.
By Ontario guy.
Okay, so I am a college student living in a college apartment. I have my own room and bathroom. Yesterday there was this sweet little homeless kitty begging outside my door for food. I took it in because I felt so sorry for it (even though we have a strict no animal policy) so instead of taking the poop out to the garbage I flushed it down the toilet...yeah stupid idea but I was desperately trying to hide my kitty.
Toilet clogged. It would sort of flush but really slowly and just the water. So I went to the store bought the most promising and most expensive liquid plumber stuff, didn't make a difference. I plunged and plunged until I couldn't anymore.
Desperately trying to find something to free my toilet (while I am dying to use it I might add), I looked here. Soap worked miracles, saved my kitty (who now has a new loving home), and saved my butt from the managers. Phew! Good old dish soap is amazing!(10/31/2008)
Dish soap worked perfectly, didn't even need to use hot water! Thanks! (11/02/2008)
Just tried it and it worked the first time. I didn't have Dawn liquid, but used Palmolive and about a gallon of hot water. (11/02/2008)
Well, I put the soap in, poured in some hot water, and plunged. Honestly, I thought I was going to have to be the first party pooper (pun intended) and tell you guys you were full of it (stop me). But lo and behold, it worked! Thanks!
P.S. I promise never to use the toilet to clean out the cat box EVER AGAIN(11/05/2008)
All I have to say is it works! Soap and water. I used one cup of a no name brand liquid dish soap and boiled a pot of water (pour it in slowly, plunge, pour little more plunge...repeat one more time). Everybody in my house was surprised.
Note: The clog I had was from low pressure and a lot of tissue down the drain. It flushed and drained slowly. Whoever initiated this. Thank You!(11/07/2008)
By Mr. Singh
Holy Moly! So I basically read everyone's response on how this works. So I decided to try it. I thought at first the only good I was getting out of it was a shiny toilet bowl. I cried and cried, and cried some more. So then poured a little more water down the toilet and THERE IT WENT! After over an hour of plunging and blisters on my hands, it finally went down. Who would have even though of dish soap! Thank you!(11/07/2008)
This worked for me too! I too was wrestling with a clogged toilet. Had tried using the plunger for almost 30 minutes with no luck. Then I found this website. I started to boil some water, and then figured, while I'm waiting for the water to boil, let me put a few squirts of liquid detergent soap into the toilet. So I did that, used the plunger again, and it all went down! I didn't even need the hot water. It was weird seeing the suds in my toilet, but heck that is just fine. It certainly beats the alternative! Thank you all so much! (11/08/2008)
I have spent three days and about forty dollars on Drano, snakes, and new plungers. Guess what? All I needed was a dollar bottle of dish liquid and a pot of boiling water and what I haven't been able to fix in three days was fixed in the length of time it took me to boil the water. I am so glad I looked here before calling a plumber who would have charged me more than I have already spent this week. Now I know a new cheap secret. And my nephew can come over again now that I know how to fix this problem, LOL. (11/12/2008)
OMG! I just tried the dish soap in my toilet that wouldn't flush all day. A couple squirts of some dawn, let it sit for 10 min, gave it one more plunge and down it went! I cant believe it! What a great tip! (11/12/2008)
My husband and I and six children just recently bought a house with a rental apartment over our garage. Our tenants called with a stubborn clog. I did not want to have to keep them waiting until my husband got home from work. I looked online and found this link about Dawn and hot water. I told my neighbor to try it. She did and it worked right away. As all of you know, that is really good news! Thank you for sharing. I will pass it on. (11/13/2008)
I was skeptical, but desperate. It totally works. I used about 2/3 cup Dawn and 2 teapots full of boiling water. Then a mighty couple of churns with the plunger and down it went. (11/13/2008)
I never had a problem with unclogging a toilet with a plunger. I didn't want to spend money for Drano or something like that. I saw this on this site and figured it couldn't hurt! I started to boil that water and I squeezed 3 squirts of dish washing liquid, I tried to unclog it without the hot water, but it didn't budge it just made a lot of bubbles! :-)
I then waited for the water, put the boiling water into the toilet and started to plunge, it didn't budge. I decided to give it a flush and I plunged as it was filling with more water and it unclogged. I was so happy! I am definitely doing this next time, and I know there will be a next time. This works, takes time, but works!(11/15/2008)
At my work the toilet frequently gets clogged. I squeezed in 3 big squirts of dish soap, I aimed at the back of the hole and squeezed HARD hoping it would really get down into the pipe.
I let it sit a minute and flushed.. POOF it all went down. No hot water needed. (11/15/2008)
I must say that this is the first time I have personally clogged a toilet in about 8 years. I actually don't even own a plunger! Boy was I scared now...because to make things worse I couldn't go to the store 5 miles away because I didn't have my car, wife is out of town for a week with it.
Well, I came up with a plan based on a few different tricks from this website. I poured a half gallon of bleach in the bowl and let it sit for an hour or so and then used a wire hanger, since water still wasn't going down. Put in a few squirts of dish soap. Poured a gallon of steaming hot water in from tea pot...let sit a few minutes. Then dropped in about a half gallon of water from high up to give it some pressure and woosh! It all went right down. I didn't think I was gonna get that to go down without a plunger.(11/16/2008)
The dish washing liquid really did the trick. I've been fighting with a clogged toilet for the last two hours. I looked on the internet to avoid having to call a plumber. I put about 2/3 cup of Dawn in the bowl and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then I used the plunger and plunged vigorously about 30 times and voila...the water finally went down and my clog is gone. I'd recommend this idea to anyone before calling a plumber. (11/17/2008)
The soap and warm water really works! (11/17/2008)
It really does work, it took a few tries before I could get my toilet to unclog. Thanks for the tip! (11/19/2008)
FINALLY! After 3.5 hours of frustrating plunging, snaking and cursing, I decided to google a stuffed toilet and viola! Ya'll had the answer right there. Dawn and boiling water, who would have figured! I can say now I have the cleanest septic lines in all of SW Washington! (11/19/2008)
WOW! I had the worst clog for a whole night. I was about to call a plumber, but the soap and hot water COMPLETELY worked just now! I am SOOOO happy! I poured half a bottle of dish soap and let it soak for a few hours (I had to go to a class), and then when I got back, I boiled water in a pan and then poured it in the toilet. Immediately after, I plunged for about 10 reps, and then all of a sudden, everything went down. Amazing! Thank you so much, this TOTALLY works! (11/21/2008)
My husband made the mistake of dumping kitty litter in the toilet and--surprise--clogged it. For two hours we fought and threatened divorce (ha ha). We drove to the store to pick up Drano and it did nothing. Turns out the easiest and least expensive solution was right under our sink! Dish liquid and hot water saved my toilet, and my marriage. Unfortunately, the ornate vase that I keep in our bathroom did not survive the ordeal. (11/21/2008)
By Dana & Chris
I was cleaning my bathroom and unthinkingly threw paper towels in the toilet, resulting in a horrendous clog. I tried everything from using a snake to plunging until my arms were exhausted. I was on the verge of calling a plumber and decided, as a last ditch effort, to see if there were any easy solutions online. Fortunately I stumbled across the dish detergent / hot water solution. This really worked and saved me a ton of money. (11/22/2008)
This did not work! I had heard about this before and tried it to avoid having to use a snake after clogging the toilet with paper towels and repeatedly trying to plunge and eventually experiencing overflow. I poured in a ton of dish soap and let it sit and then poured in hot water. My husband then plunged as hard as he could and we only wound up with piles of bubbles! Luckily we had a wet vac to clean it up. He's trying the snake now. (11/22/2008)
Hot water *better if boiling* and dish washing liquid does work, but must use plunger! If it didn't unclog, pour more hot water in and plunge continuously (10 plunges max) and flush, it should go down. If it doesn't, repeat. THIS definitely works! (11/24/2008)
This is a great tip! My toilet isn't shaped well for use with a plunger, so I just tried the dish soap + hot water. I put in the equivalent of 1/2 cup dish detergent and let it sit for an hour. I poured in 5 pots of boiling water to no avail. I then put in another 1/2 cup of detergent, and let it sit for 1/2 hour. Another pot of hot water, and within minutes, whoosh! It takes some time, but much cheaper than calling a plumber. Be persistent!
PS. I used a snake before all this for about 15 minutes, but the clog was beyond the reach of the snake.(11/24/2008)
Thank you, thank you. You saved me a plumber bill and a good scolding from the girlfriend! She will be coming over later. I was being a typical bachelor and flushed the two paper towels when I finished cleaning the sink. I had done it hundreds of times and did not realize not to. I plunged, cussed, yelled, sweated and said unmentionable things about the toilet before it occurred to me someone else may have done the same thing. Thanks you guys, you're the best. (11/26/2008)
By Guy in KS that flushed paper towels
It worked like a charm. We had family in town for turkey day and my toilet was clogged by the end of the day. The soap and water really works. It took about 20 min vs. 3 hrs. of me and the plunger. (11/29/2008)
It worked for me, after about an hour of using a plunger. Nothing was coming into my mind other than calling a plumber, but the dish soap and hot water made the trick. Thanks. (11/30/2008)
By PF from NY
So my boyfriend is famous for clogging toilets and this time it was the worst! The water wouldn't drain at all, even when we let it sit over night. So yesterday I tried this (after plunging, a snake, and the bucket trick) and it didn't work, at first. I think the trick for super bad clogs is letting the soap sit for at least 2 hours. I put in the soap and then immediately chased it with boiling water and it didn't unclog when I tried plunging. So I went and watched a movie and then added another pot of boiling water, plunged and it was fixed! Thanks to whoever came up with this idea. (12/02/2008)
How do I repair a clogged toilet?
Unbelievable! My young daughter clogged our only toilet the same day we were having visitors. My husband and I took turns plunging the toilet for almost 3 hours. I was crying in frustration. We did not want to call a plumber at first, but just when we were ready to give up and ready to call a plumber; I decided to check how to! I tried this S&W method and it worked! I would've never imagined. 3/4 cup of dish detergent and a big pot of really hot water, not even boiling. I thought it was a joke but I didn't care to try it. Thanks to whoever came up with this and the tons of positive feedback. So try this, you may have to repeat or plunge again but it's worth trying and lots cheaper and less embarrassing than calling a plumber. (12/06/2008)
I've been plunging for 3 days now. I just found this sight, and thought there was no way this would work. I put a 1/2 cup of liquid dish soap in the bowl and went down stairs and boiled a pot of water. I put the boiling water in about 15 min. after putting in the soap. I gave it 5 or 6 good reps with the plunger and flushed the toilet. To my surprise it went straight down. This was an awesome remedy. THANKS! (12/07/2008)
Thought maybe the lines were frozen on a sub-zero temperature night. I then tried pouring in castile soap and my wife's homemade laundry soap mixture of borax and washing soda powder, two huge pots of boiling water, and still stuck. I waited about 15 minutes then plunged again and what do you know, it works. So maybe you can try powdered laundry soap and hot water also. (12/08/2008)
By NYC Guy
It works! Did not expect it to at all, but it was literally like magic. It saved me from embarrassment with mom. Thank you whoever came up with this. All I had to do was add laundry detergent with dish soap and a nice gallon of hot water. I let it sit for about 10 min. and worked great! Thank you.
I love it! Dish soap solved my problem. I've tried plunging the toilet since yesterday morning and it was only getting worse, I was ready to call the plumbers. I figured the soap can't hurt and, low and behold, the toilet was clean in 5 minutes! Whoever came up with this is my idol! (12/08/2008)
It really works, but I was skeptical. I thought, if bleach, a plunger, and a pipe snake didn't fix it, then how will dish soap and hot water do any good? I don't know, but I am a true believer now. Never spend money on Drano again. It really works. (12/09/2008)
I could cry! My toilet has been clogged for 2 days and I was at my wits end, plunging, wire coat hanger and tears. Dawn dish washing detergent and hot water? Impossible I thought, you have saved my life and toilet, it worked in less than 15 minutes! I love you and am now crying tears of joy. (12/11/2008)
How can I find ideas to unclog a toilet?
Jennifer from Rockmart, GA
Unclogging a toilet can be a stressful situation, especially if you are a guest at someones house and a plunger is nowhere to be found. It happened to me, I flushed the stool again and used the bristle brush cleaner and put it in the stool and forced it in the hole when the water was running in the stool. It has worked more than once for me. (12/11/2008)
I have to say I was hesitant that this was going to work. I added the dish soap and then some hot water. No change except for soapy bubbles. I then added about 5 more pots of water and some more soap. Within 10 minutes the toilet was unclogged! Thanks for the remedy. (12/19/2008)
Like many other people, I was rather skeptical about how this would work. My toilet would already fill to the point of almost overflowing when trying to flush it as it was (though it would burp its way back down to below normal water level in half an hour to an hour).
Considering this problem cropped up late in the evening, there was no way I was going to get help. Luckily, this site exists and now I can have my toilet back after only two rounds of this soap and hot water treatment! (12/19/2008)
Feeling a fantastic way to unclog a toilet that actually works and is cheap, and I mean dirt cheap. My toilet has been clogged since this afternoon. I tried baking soda with vinegar to see if that worked with some hot water, and nothing. But after reading this post and another with the soap and (hot) water solution, it worked like a charm. Thank you so much to the person who suggested this and to the internet. (12/20/2008)
This method is the best! I can't even begin to explain how happy I am to have found this.
I clogged my friend's house toilet tonight, good thing it's the downstairs one that they don't use during the night, and I've been up since like midnight till now (4AM) trying to unclog the stupid thing. They had a plunger, but I couldn't access it since it was in her parent's bathroom. So I put on some latex gloves and tried to unclog it. When that didn't work, I tried the wire hanger trick, and again, no luck.
I was getting so frustrated and was about to give up until I found this site. I was really skeptical about it at first, but since it's 4 in the morning I was willing to try ANYTHING.
I found the biggest cooking pot they had and filled it completely up with water and let it boil. Then I took their dish washing soap (it was the Joy one) and squeezed a good amount into the toilet. After the water was pretty hot, I poured it in. At first it didn't do anything, so I boiled another pot of water. After I poured the second pot in, I went to go put something away in the garage. When I came back, the clog was gone! I couldn't believe it. It was gone in like 2 minutes. Right after, I flushed the toilet, and to my relief, I heard the gurgling UNCLOGGED noise :D I'm so happy. EVERYONE should give this method a try! (12/22/2008)
Stopped up no more! Took 2 tries with the soap and boiling water, but success at long last. Granted I had to plunge a few times but this worked. Thanks a million! (12/25/2008)
New apartment, old toilet, big poos = bad news. Six clogs in three weeks and I'm afraid to make it at home. Clogged the toilet on Christmas day and tried the soap, hot water and plunger. It worked perfectly! Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this trick! (12/26/2008)
The detergent and soap technique works like a charm. It saves hours and hours of plunging, which mostly leads to nothing except for a bad back. (12/28/2008)
We had a guest during Christmas and she had something stuck in the toilet. My wife tried to unclog the toilet for the whole day and didn't succeed. I checked this website and tried the soap and boiling water to unplug my toilet and it worked. It worked like a charm. Thank you very much. I was just going to call my wife to tell her my success. (12/29/2008)
By Tom T.
I have a plugged toilet and the plunger doesn't help. Any suggestions?
Neliamaytime from Cortland, NY
I was ready to bite the bullet and call the Roto man. I even tried a power snake a sympathizing friend lent me. Then with the yellow book page turned to plumbers and prepared to flush $$ down the drain, I tried this method. I dumped in a pot of boiled water and added some dish soap. After a few strokes of the plunger the miracle began to happen. I did it a few more times and I'm back to an unclogged, happy flush. (01/05/2009)
By Clear Flow
How do I unclog a toilet?
Nancy from St. Albans, West Virginia
I actually tried the boiling water and soap thing and had no luck. Right after I plunged several times and nothing. Then I came accross a site where someone suggested putting a plastic bag on a mop and using it as you would a plunger. I tried flushing again, and while the bowl was sitting full, I forcefully pushed the mop head into and out of the hole. It worked great! I pushed it 3 times, and heard the gurgling sound and the water went on down perfectly. (01/19/2009)
You can knock me over with a feather! It worked perfectly. One eight of a cup of dish washing liquid and two medium sized pots of boiling water - clog vanished! Thanks. (01/25/2009)
By Mike U.
My grandson put a new bar of Ivory soap in my toilet. I remember Ivory soap as a kid and it expands when you leave it in water. Anyway, it clogged my toilet. I tried everything and then thought about using oxy clean. Would you believe it worked? I put 2 scoops in, let it sit for a bit, poured 3 buckets of hot water in the toilet and the soap is gone. (01/26/2009)
I tried this method of using dish soap and hot water to unclog a toilet and the hot water melted my wax ring around the bottom of the toilet. Water poured into my basement and ruined my drop ceiling. WARNING: The hot water can melt your wax ring. Be careful! (01/30/2009)
This worked wonderfully. I decided to try it in steps, because I was curious about which part or combination actually would do the trick. I poured maybe 1/2 cup of dish washing liquid in and walked away. When I came back 10 minutes later, I flushed once, and voila, it was all gone! The toilet has been clogging repeatedly in the last week, and each time I've worked on it intensely to free it up. This was the worse clog yet, and the easiest one to clear up - no hot water, nor even any plunging! Thanks! (02/17/2009)
I tried to flush a piece of feta cheese and it got stuck. I tried to use a wire hanger to break it up, but couldn't reach it. I gave three good squeezes of a biodegradable dish detergent and boiled a pot of water and poured it in. Two plunges and voila! Gone! I had been plunging for 30 minutes before I read this tip. Amazing! (02/22/2009)
By Olivia from BC
I need advice! I have two toilets (back to back) that are clogged. I have had 4 plumbers try to fix it with no luck. The last guy snaked it all the way to the septic. He recommends I replace the toilets. I have asked around for opinions and I have not had anyone endorse the "toilet replacement idea". Can you please give me suggestions?
wahoo from Lebanon, NJ
This totally worked! We tried for hours upon hours to get it unclogged and I stumbled upon this as a last resort before calling the plumber. We took about 1/2 cup of dawn dish soap and a pail of hot (not boiling) water and within about 10 plunges, done! Thank you so much. (02/23/2009)
I found out that you can sometimes get toilets and sinks unclogged by running a hose down the vents on top of the roof or you can also snake them out. Sometimes these vents do get clogged up and can not vent if they are clogged. (03/05/2009)
You have a lot of good advice here, but I had problems with the upstairs bathroom for over 3 months. My husband would just keep unstopping it, but a couples of days later we would have the same problems. I had to call a plumber, they got a pair of boys underwear out of the toilet, 2 toothbrushes, and one GI Joe plastic army man! I really hated paying for this but I really had no choice. (03/07/2009)
This is hard to believe but the liquid soap and pot of boiling hot water remedy actually worked. I was about to spend money until I thought about checking the Internet. Don't knock it 'til you try it. Whoever posted this remedy, thank you! (03/07/2009)
By D. Willy
I had to add to this long list of posts. My daughter is notorious at clogging up our toilet. We have had a plumber come I can't count how many times, and replaced the toilet twice. Today when she told me she had put paper towels down there I thought we would have to go through the whole ordeal again, but the dish soap and boiling water worked. I actually ran out of dish soap so I used some cascade dish washing liquid and by about the 4th or 5th pot of boiling water, it worked! So it may take awhile, a few tries, and some frustration, but sooner or later it works. Thanks so much! (03/14/2009)
I spent 6 hours trying to get the toilet unclogged. I tried everything. Then I tried the boiling water and liquid soap, it worked perfectly. Thank you so much! =] (03/21/2009)
We snaked, used Drano, tried bleach...it was horrible. I tried the advice from this site and poured liquid dish soap into the bowls. I waited, poured hot water. Plunged and more hot water and was able to clear both toilets! I could not believe it. I am amazed and thrilled to save the cost of a plumber! (03/28/2009)
Yet another testimonial: I had a very stubborn clog this morning (just plain old toilet paper + normal waste) and when I flushed, the water nearly spilled over. After 30 min of plunging in vain, I tried adding 1/2 cup of Palmolive dish soap and (carefully) 4 L of hot tap water (about a gallon). I let it sit for 10-15 min...no change. But what a difference when I plunged it--there was no resistance and after 5 plunges, I heard that satisfying Woosh. Thank you everyone! I am a skeptic no more. (04/14/2009)
I worked for an hour trying to unclog my toilet. I had spent an hour unclogging it last week too. This time, it wouldn't budge. I tried the hot water and soap method. It took an hour with letting the soap and water sit for 15 minutes and then having to add 4 more buckets of very hot water and another 1/2 cup of soap, but it finally worked. Whew! (04/29/2009)
Thank you! I tried the soap and hot water and the first time it didn't change anything, in the second addition of hot water I added a can of coke - 5 minutes later the bowl drained and when I plunged again it cleared! (05/02/2009)
Throw away the Drano, Liquid Plumber, RidX and other useless stuff. I spent more than 15 bucks and almost 10 hrs (5 pm - 3 am) in vain to unclog my toilet. All the above products were useless. When I looked at the products carefully, they all said "Good for Prevention". Then I came across this website and found the liquid dish soap and hot water solution. And boy, it works darn good. I used Palmolive liquid dish soap, let it sit for 15 minutes and poured a bucket of hot tap water. Then used the plunger (6-7 pushes).Whoosh. What a relief. Thanks to all those people who suggested this brilliant idea, plus it saved me the plumber cost. (05/15/2009)
One other suggestion I'd like to make (not sure if it's been said or not), but I used to be an apartment manager and often had to be the maintenance woman too. The plunger you use is very important. Get one of those that looks like an accordion. They are much more powerful and often unclog a toilet in one quick plunge way before any other kind will touch it. (05/17/2009)
My toilet was clogged this morning and I spent over an hour trying to unclog it. Then I stumbled upon this website and tried the dishwasher detergent + hot water. Kaboom, toilet was breathing again.
Here's what I did:
1 cup of dollar store dishwasher + 1 bucket of hot tap water, wait 15 min., use regular plunger. After 10 plunges, the toilet cleared. (05/24/2009)
A couple of weeks ago my 2 yr old flushed his plastic fish down the toilet. We tried everything! So today I was about to give up because everyday we were doing something to the toilet and we did not want to call a plumber. I got online and started searching then came across this website. I really thought it was stupid. Yeah right this will work, dish soap. I didn't believe it at all. I do now! I do not have the words to express how this helped. I tried everything I could possibly think of. I bought several different types of drain de-cloggers. All I did was poured a 16fl oz bottle of Palmolive, boiling water, and flushed. The water went down so fast I could not believe it. I thank everyone on the website for their advice and help. This is a keeper! (06/02/2009)
How do I unplug a toilet?
By IVM from Laredo, TX
I've helped do this before - my husband dips water out of the toilet, brings in a water hose from outside, presses the end of the water hose in as far as he can and he would yell for me to turn on the water from the faucet outside. It usually flushes it right out. This will work also for the kitchen and bathroom sink. (06/17/2009)
Brandon's suggestion of dish washing liquid with hot water is right on the money. First time I tried it (found it on this website) after 3 days of clogged toilet and 5 minutes short of calling the plumber, it worked. I really was surprised. (06/18/2009)
You guys rock! I had a toilet clogged for (I don't even want to tell you how many) days. After days of plunging with no success, I was ready to throw in the towel and call a plumber. Then I found your site! 4 oz of joy and 32 oz of near-boiling water went in - I waited 15 minutes or so, then plunged. Swish! :) (06/22/2009)
Bless you all! We have a showing for the condo we're trying to sell in two hours and the dish soap worked like magic. Unbelievable! Thank you. I only had Dawn and 1/3 cup and it still worked. (07/17/2009)
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Another toilet unclogged with the dish washing liquid/hot water combo. It took three pots of water over an hour or so, but it saved me $35.00 for an auger and/or much more for a plumber. In this economy, your advice and the person responsible for the original post gets mucho kudos from our household.
Note: Buy the best plunger available; it made a difference.
Gary R. (08/05/2009)