The Dish Detergent Trick for a Clogged Toilet

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Unclog your toilet without having to pay for a plumber.
Unclog your toilet without having to pay for a plumber. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

If you have children, there is no doubt that your toilet has been clogged at one time or another. All sorts of little things get flushed and then get stuck. Getting those items out of the toilet may seem almost impossible, but there is a trick you can try using dish detergent. Dish detergent is non-toxic so the fumes will not endanger your family, your pets or the water supply.

Dish Soap

Dish soap is very inexpensive compared to some of the chemicals that plumbers use to unclog drains and toilets. Dish soap is something that most people have around the house at all times, making it a convenient cleaner to use when you have a problem with toilet clogging. You do not need any special type of dish soap. Plain, ordinary dish soap works quite well.

Toilet Water Levels

One of the secrets to using the dish soap is to wait until the water level in the toilet is fairly low. Of course, how low the water level will go depends on the clog. If you have just flushed the toilet unsuccessfully, wait about 30 minutes to allow as much water as possible to seep through the clog and drain the bowl.

Adding Dish Soap

Once your water level is as low as it is going to go, it is time to add the dish soap. Add about 1/4 cup of dish detergent to the toilet. Let the dish soap work for about 15 minutes. This allows the dish soap to get through any openings in the clog and surround it with the soap. The whole dish soap concept of unclogging your toilet works about the same as removing a ring from your finger. If the ring is too tight, you get it wet and soapy and it slips right off.

Boiling Water

Prepare some boiling water while you wait for the soap to work. About 2 quarts of boiling water should be plenty. After the 15 minutes is up, carefully pour the boiling water into the toilet bowl. After pouring in all the water, plunge the toilet two or three times to see if you can remove the clog. Repeat the whole process one more time if it did not work the first time. After that, call a plumber.

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