Removing Bleach Tablet Stuck in Toilet

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Although bleach tablets are great for keeping your toilet bowl clean, they can be a big problem if accidentally flushed down the drain. This is a page about removing a bleach tablet stuck in the toilet.


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August 18, 2010

I accidentally flushed a bleach tablet down the toilet and now it is stuck. A plunger won't work. Is there a way to dissolve it? Help!

By Chick


November 16, 20160 found this helpful
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I did the same thing and found out if I used a wet dry vac I sucked the tablet out of the toilet and all was good.

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December 14, 2018

My dad told me to lift up the lid and drop a Scrubbing Bubbles tab in and later I found out I put it in the wrong place. The box says it dissolves in 4 weeks and I can't wait that long! What can I do to fix it without spending any money and how can I get it out?


The other problem is my younger brother used the bathroom. It didn't overflow, but the water rose. Please help!


December 14, 20180 found this helpful

Pour very warm, but not boiling water in the toilet. That should dissolve it.

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December 14, 20180 found this helpful

You may want to call their customer support number and ask what they recommend:

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December 14, 20180 found this helpful

This thread can relate to your situation:

Someone said they used a wet vac and sucked it up.

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December 15, 20181 found this helpful

You sound pretty desperate and that is understandable but remain calm and think about all of the suggestions.


Start with contacting the company (as Pghgirl suggested) just in case they have the best solution. This type of thing happens frequently so they should have an answer ready for you.

Follow their advise if at all possible but, if, for some reason you cannot (cost too high?) then go to a second solution. I know that a toilet snake works the best but they can be expensive and may not be what you can buy right now so think about doing the following first.

Pour warm (not boiling) water in the bowl and in the tank - wait a few minutes and then try a plunger (if you do not have one this is something you really should buy). Use the plunger; work it up and down as fast as you can; keep it up for a minute and then wait to see if the water moves but do not flush or it may run over.


Do this several times as it may take some time to loosen and dissolve that chunk. Use hot water in tank and bowl.

You can remove the tank lid (place it somewhere safe) and lift the arm just a little to start a flush but drop it quickly if no action in the bowl because that means it is still stopped up.
This is the only way you can test a flush because you can control it and can stop the flush by dropping the arm to stop the water flow.

It will soon start to work but be calm and work slowly so the tablet has time to dissolve.

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March 1, 2020

I flushed a bleach tablet down the toilet. I have let it sit for over a week and went to use the bathroom after it had been sitting and it clogged. I tried snaking it out after this and it's too far down.


I have tried plunging it many times. The water goes down eventually, but every time I flush it fills up again. I have heard to use hot water. Where should I put it, in the bowl or back? Any other suggestions?


March 3, 20200 found this helpful

You can pour hot water in the tank and the bowl to try and dissolve the tablet. When you do this you should use the plunger and push the water down in the bowl of the toilet to try and dissolve this. If this is not working you may need to drain the system and shut off the water to remove the pipe to clear it out. Or you can add some hot water and liquid bleach to the bowl to see if this disolves a lot faster. Normally you should break the tablets up into chunks before adding them to the toilet.

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March 8, 20200 found this helpful

you should close off the water supply to the toilet, flush so that all the water evacuates the system, and then add 2 or 3 kettlefuls of boiling water. You do all this so that the boiling water is more effective and not diluted with the cold water

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March 27, 20200 found this helpful

How did you resolve this?

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August 18, 2010

I put a bleach tablet in my toilet and some broke off so now the toilet doesn't flush well and the water does not go down.

By Mary Ann from Stockton, CA



Bleach Tablet Stuck in Toilet

Have you tried plunging it with a plunger yes or no? (06/30/2010)


Bleach Tablet Stuck in Toilet

Scoop out as much water as you can then put in a couple of spoonfuls of bicarb soda followed by a cup of white vinegar. (07/01/2010)

By pam coles

Bleach Tablet Stuck in Toilet

The chlorine tab should not be a problem, it will naturally break down. However if you have other stuff in there then it might be holding it, time to plunge it. I put mine in a onion net bag. Tie a knot so it doesn't fall in, and put a slice towards the top to put in the tab.

Ria (07/02/2010)


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