How to unclog a toilet using hot water & dish soap. DIY...save MONEY before calling a plumber!
How to Unclog a Toilet with Dish Soap
A clogged toilet is something we've all experienced: the rising of water to the brim, the sense of panic as it doesn't stop, the scurrying for the plunger. But dish soap is a simple solution that can bring you back from the fate of a flood of toilet water with nothing but your favorite product and some hot water!
Preparing the Toilet
Close the toilet flapper to stop water flow from the tank.Remove the lid from your toilet tank and close the toilet flapper. The flappers are typically black, blue, or red and provide the seal for the flush valve. Either close it using the chain attached or with your hands.
- To prevent water supply altogether, turn the handle behind the toilet near the floor in a clockwise direction. If you're having trouble, apply an oil spray.
Fill a 1 gallon (3.8 L) bucket or pot with boiling water.Either run hot water in your tap until it's steaming or fill a 1 gallon (3.8 L) pot with water and boil it on your stove.
- Smaller buckets and pots are fine—they just might provide enough water to be as effective. Fill them up multiple times until you have about 1 gallon (3.8 L) of water.
Pour 1 gallon (3.8 L) of hot water into the bowl to bring water to the rim.Gently pour the hot water into the bowl. Be careful not to spill any to avoid burning yourself. If your bucket has a metal handle, hold it up with one hand and tilt the bucket with your other hand by turning it from the bottom.
- Wait for the water to rise to the rim after pouring the water
Adding Dish Soap
Pour about 8 ounces (230 g) of dish soap into the water.The dish soap will float to the bottom of the bowl because it is heavier and denser than water. Let the soap sit for about 20 to 30 minutes. After this time, the water should lower.
- Always pour the water slowly and be careful not to overflow the bowl.
Pour another 1 gallon (3.8 L) of boiling water into the toilet.Run more hot water in your tap or full another 1 gallon (3.8 L) pot with water, place it on a stove element, and boil it.
Continue pouring water into the toilet and let it sit.After about 2 to 3 rounds, flush the toilet to check if the clog is gone. Be sure to give each 1 gallon (3.8 L) of boiling water about 20 minutes to settle.
- Wait overnight if your toilet is still not flushing properly. If it's not unclogged in the morning, try using a plunger
Plunge your toilet if it's still clogged.Even if you've already tried to plunge the clog, dish soap can weaken it, so it's always worth a second shot! Place the plunger into the bowl and aim it at the hole. Press down sharply in short, fast strokes, and be sure to lift sharply to create suction. After 4 or 5 full strokes, lift the plunger on the last upward motion
- Run the plunger under hot water for 30 seconds prior to plunging to warm the rubber up.
- If the clog still doesn't come loose, call a plumber.
Video: How to Unclog a Toilet With Dish Soap and Hot Water
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