Super Easy Toilet Clog Fix

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cleaning toilet womanAs a follow up to a prior article on unclogging drains, I wanted to share this simple method for clearing plugged toilets.  Now I’ve taken a lot of crap over the years about this topic, and I wish somebody had just told me about this fix 20 years ago.  From a very early age both of my boys have had “issues” using the toilet.  One believes there is no such thing as using too much toilet paper, and the other must have a colon shaped like a Pringles can – OMG.  And the only thing that has changed over the years is they are now older, bigger, and still being a pain in the commode.  Now on to the easiest fix you’ll ever find…

First of all - my apologies to the millions of readers who already know about this technique.  I found it on the internet and if you’re reading this then you did too.  It’s the circle of life (online).  Note: this won’t work on plugged sewer lines; main lines backed up; nor will it remove those toys your kids tried to flush.  If you have a simple biological or paper related toilet clog then this should be your first method to attempt.

dawn dish soapDish washing soap.  That’s the magic solution for fixing a simple toilet clog.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Pour or squirt about a half cup of liquid dishwashing soap into your toilet bowl.  Let it sit for a minute.  The soap is heavier than water and will sink to the bottom near the drain hole.
  2. Pour a bucket of hot tap water into the bowl.  Don’t be shy about it and it even helps if you do this from waist high to give it some force and velocity.
  3. Wait.  Rinse.  Repeat as necessary.

blue bucketThat’s it.  No plumbers; no snakes; no augers; no plungers; no tools; no mess.  What happens is the liquid soap works its way into the clog, lubricates the porcelain and loosens the paper/poop material.  The warm water helps to facilitate the “injection” process. 



  • Do not use boiling hot water as this may crack the porcelain bowl resulting in a much bigger problem.
  • Do not pour more water into the bowl than it can hold (well, duh).
  • Do not flush the toilet until you can get a full bucket of water to easily flow through.  You can stop pouring a bucket if the bowl gets too full…but once flushed all the tank water is coming through whether there’s room for it or not. 

I’ve even done this as a quick fix on our way out the door when I don’t have time to deal with the problem.  You know those early morning emergencies on your way to work, school, or dropping the kids at daycare.  Shoot some liquid dish soap into the bowl; give it a quick shot of water and leave.  By the time you get back most of the soap has done the heavy lifting for you.  You may want to shut off the supply valve if you’re concern about a leaky flapper valve continuing to fill the bowl.

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