Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Unclog a Toilet with Dishwashing Liquid

Okay, so how do you unclog a toilet without a plunger and an auger using dishwashing soap? Well, first, this won’t work if it’s clogged with a solid object such as one of your child’s toys. But if it’s excess paper or something like that, this works remarkably well.

Why not use a plunger and auger? Well, a plunger can damage the seal that keeps your toilet from flooding the floor. An auger is not the easiest thing in the world to figure out and it’s messy. So....

Dishwashing liquid. I’m talking about the kind you use to hand wash dishes. Squirt a generous amount into the clogged toilet bowl. Wait until the water level goes down a bit. Then fill a bucket (or empty wastebasket) with water and pour in from about waist high. You may need to repeat this 2 or 3 times but odds are that even the first or second time you’ll hear something starting to happen.

No mess, no broken seals, no overflow (assuming you stop pouring from the bucket before it goes over the top).

Your Resourceful Problem Solver,
April

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Lynda said...

April: I've tried this. Believe me, sometimes you need the auger.

But isn't it a wonderful feeling when you work out how to fix a household problem all by yourself?

Lynda

Anonymous said...

O THANKS FOR THIS. PROBLEM SOLVED!!! Next time I have a colonoscopy, I'm checking into a hotel the night before.

April said...

Lynda,

Yup.

Anonymous,

Glad I could be of help...

Anonymous said...

Hey this method worked.

April said...

Amazing, isn't it? And such a relief to know there's something this easy.

Anonymous said...

Dear April, Why dont you pull your head out of your monkey ass. Your method doesnt work you cum guzzler. Please explain to me while a dumb twat like you actually thinks this works?It doesnt even make any sense!!

Anonymous said...

This worked!!! I thought I was going to have to call my landlord on Thanksgiving and get him to find a plumber...Thank you so much!!!!!

April said...

Anonymous 2 (for whom this method worked),

Glad I could be of help!

Anonymous 1 (for whom it didn't),

LOL! Clearly you had a really rotten day! I'm sorry it didn't work for you. It doesn't all the time. Depends on what's clogging the toilet. If it's the line backed up to the street or a large object a child has flushed down the toilet, it won't work. But if it's the typical too much paper clog, it usually does. And hey, it's a low cost, low tech method to try and when it does work it saves the cost of a plumber. In any case, I hope today has gone better for you--yesterday must have been a doozy!

April

Anonymous said...

I know you said that this method doesn't work for solid objects, but if the toilet is clogged with, well, you know, something else, can this trick work?

April said...

Anonymous,

It should work if what's clogging the toilet came out of the human body or is toilet tissue.

April

Anonymous said...

YES YES YES DAWN WORKED GREAT! NO MORE EXPENSIVE PLUMBERS FOR ME!
I WILL PASS THIS SIMPLE SOLUTION ON TO ALL MY FRIENDS!
THE INTERNET ROCKS! A GRATEFUL UNCLOGGED SUCCESS STORY
I PLUNGED, ADDED TBS SPOONS OF DAWN DISHWASHER DETERGENT AND SLOWING ADDED HOT WATER( TO AVOID CRACKING THE TOILET!) AND AWAY WENT TROUBLESA(POOP AND PATER!) DOWN THE DRAIN. HAVE A GREAT CLEAN THANKSGIVING
SHEILA IN CUPETINO, CA

April said...

Sheila,

Glad I could be of help. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Incidentally, for a while I was teaching public speaking and creative writing to kids in Cupertino.

Anonymous said...

After pouring the soap in, do soap bubbles pop up afterwards when you flush (after the clogging is gone)?

April said...

Anonymous,

ROFL!!1 Good question. I'm not sure. I haven't noticed it but then once the problem was gone, I wouldn't have been looking for bubbles....

April

JPompa said...

April -

After using an auger for hours on a clogged toilet under the most disgusting circumstances possible -this was the only technique that worked! Bless you and all that you do. You have saved me a bundle in plumber bills.

April said...

Ah, I'm so glad it worked for you! This time of year, especially, one doesn't want to have to cope with messy problems like this!

erika Endres said...

THANK YOU!!! I was initially disappointed, as I had to repeat the cycle three times and let the toilet sit a few hours, but, then, lo and behold- I flushed the next morning and it was clear!!!! This method really worked!

April said...

Erika,

I'm so glad it worked for you! And yes, I've had times when I needed to repeat it, too. But it sure beat the heck out of a plumber's bill!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe this worked ~ but it did!!! I've been dealing with a clogged tiolet all night and it wasn't budging ... emptied out the water, added some dawn and then hot tap water - plunged a few times and it's all clear now!
Thanks so much! Mom in Boise

Anonymous said...

Dear April,

Wow, your method really WORKS!!! You save my Christmas Day! We didn't have a plunger at home so we went out on Christmas Day to find a shop that sells it but heh, no luck of course. (we drove all the way to Chinatown to find one in Vancouver). I'm VERY impressed. Thank you for helping us out.

Happy holidays,
KW & Helen

April said...

Mom in Boise, KW & Helen,

I'm so glad this worked for you!

April

Anonymous said...

OK. With over 20 years in commercial and residential construction I was dubious, but, after plunging the WC for several days I figured, "What the heck?"....Yes, it did work. I've NEVER heard of this from a plumber, or anyone, until I found it here after a quick Googling. My guess is that it both lubricates the pipes and the clog and also begins to break down any associated greases in the clog. Regardless, I thank you for the knowledge and the savings from NOT having to call the plumber!

April said...

So glad it worked for you!

Kimyoune said...

God bless you April. I am a disabled man in a wheelchair. My coomode has been plugged for 2 days. Today I went out and brought some drain cleaner only to get home and read "Not for toilets." I went to google, and found your solution. I was skeptical, but decided to try it anyway. 3 squirts of Sun, a pot of boiling water, and bingo an unclogged coomode! Thank you.

April said...

Kimyoune,

I'm so glad this was helpful to you!

Anonymous said...

THIS WORKED LIKE A CHARM!!!!

I had a previous clog in this same toilet. After literally days of trying the warm/hot water trick, plunging, etc., nothing worked, and I had to bite the bullet and call the plumber. A snake, a few seconds and 100 and some dollars later, he had it fixed.

I didn't want to get ripped off by the plumbing company again, so I did another (more extensive) search on tips/tricks to unlcog a toilet. I hadn't come upon this trick last time, and decided it was worth a shot. It didn't work within the first few attempts, but I followed the directions exactly as April listed them, and went to bed with an application of Dawn. In the morning, the water level in the toilet had dropped to its low point, I poured some hot/warm water (don't want it too be hot as it could crack the seal or the porcelain), and boom that was it. Didn't even have to use the plunger. This really did the trick!

Didn't know dishwashing liquid+warm water was a practical application besides in the kitchen sink :-) I didn't see a thing on any of the "professional plumbing" websites about this, probably because they don't want people to know so that they can get more business. But it works, trust me.

Thanks a million April for this post, it saved me a lot of money, frustration, and future anxiety over toilet clogs.

Anonymous said...

INCREDIBLE... I cannot believe it, you have saved me big bucks, seriously thank you all the way from Costa Rica. Thanks again

April said...

I love knowing that my advice helped! Thank you so much for taking the time to post.

Anonymous said...

This tip should go down in the Hall of Fame of DIY

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! After 10 minutes with the plunger I tried this - had to plunge a couple of times but the clog released in a matter of seconds!!!!

Chris said...

April, If it wasn't morally wrong to be polygamous, I'd ask you to marry me. This fix worked wonderful! We had no plunger and a suspected TP clog. I found your answer with some brief searching and it worked GREAT!

Anonymous said...

You must be kidding me... After having my toilet clogged for a whole day (and being a poor college student who hates to bug their landlord), I was at my wits end because my plunger looked like it was from the 1970's and wasn't doing a thing.

DAWN WORKED!! Wooooooh!!!! I've never been so excited.

-K

Anonymous said...

OH MY F-ING GODDDDDD...YOU SAVED MY LIFE...THIS TOTALLY WORKS!! :D

Anonymous said...

Hi, I've used a plunger the last two days on my toilet and am at my wits end. I tried this and it didn't go down and I have a bunch of bubbles in my toilet now.lol Did I do something wrong? I really wish it would work. Should I try it again? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

After having a backed up toilet for almost a week and buying and trying a new plunger and auger with no success, I just tried your method using Dawn dishwashing liquid and it worked! (after a couple light plunges).

Thanks a bunch.

Liz said...

You're a genius. I plunged forever, tried this, and I have a clear toilet. Who knew? Thank you soooo much.

Anonymous said...

April, you are a genius!

I'm a 21 year old male in college, living at my apartment, and had this problem just now. All the stores were closed and no plunger anywhere.

I tried the wire hanger thing, no go.

This worked like a charm after the 2nd time! Amazing. Thank you!

Ryan

Anonymous said...

That idiot who asked "why dont you pull your head out of your monkey ass. Your method doesn't work...(can not rewrite the foul language)" should take their own advice!! Your method worked for me after hours of plunging! It took less than 5 mins and not only is my toilet unclogged, it is clean from the soap! Thank you. Ignore the jerk!

Anonymous said...

You rock! Thank you so much for the GREAT advice!!!!

April said...

I love that this method is working for so many of you! Isn't it wonderful that it does?

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this! I used the auger to no avail. I tried the dish soap and the auger and..voila!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

April,
This is AWESOME!!! That terrible result of constipation in the toilet that has sat in there for a week (while I was in Las Vegas) has finally been flushed for good. Your technique should be patented. Thank You so much for saving me from complaining to our neighborhood maintenance people, which would have resulted in embarrassment and shame.
God Bless Humanity....

Anonymous said...

THanks....it didnt work at all...dishwashing liquid my ass....i hope u have diarea for a week...eat turds lady

Anonymous said...

rockin...it workrd for me..pooey to those who say it's not working for them !!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I go to the store and never remember to get a plunger. For three years I got lucky. I clogged my toilet last night and went to work this morning. Came home and needed to dookie! I looked at my toilet and remembered - toilets clogged. Hmmmm. What to do, what to do? With a turtle head poking out I make it to the computer. I'm straining like those 70's cartoon super heroes - "Got... To... Hold... It..." Came to this site. Dish soap? Seriously? Okay, I'm desperate - really gotta go. I'll try it. So I do it and it worked. Praises to April, Google and high speed internet!

Thanks!

BTW To Haters 1,2 and 3 Your positive contributions to this planet are inspiring. Keep spreading all of that love. The world really needs more people like you. You make it all worth while.

Anonymous said...

This worked for me, thanks!!! I just put the dawn in as said, then poured the hot water...waited a bit, then flushed once the water came up high so I thought it did not work...then flused again and it was clear...so GREAT!!! THANKS!!!

Anonymous said...

April:

It worked for me on the first try! I had been plunging, with no success, came to the internet for help, and tried this. Just as you said, I pored in some dish soap, about a half tank of warm tap water, and plunged while it was flushing. It made alot of suds and cleared immediately! Thank you!

Marie

Anonymous said...

OMG, I was incredibly skeptical, but this worked like a charm. I've never seen my husband so relieved before! He must have flushed the toilet 10 times now just to prove he's not dreaming. Thank you so much!!

Anthony said...

April,
THANK GOD! I am so happy we found your site! I thought we'd be squatting in the bushes! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

April, Spent the Memorial Day Holiday plunging,augering and getting frustratedby the stopped up toilet when I decided to check the internet. Wow, your solution worked like a charm. Dawn, boiling water and down went the clog. Thankyou,Thankyou,thankyou.

Anonymous said...

I've poured in the dishwasher soap and added water-- nothing has happened. The level of water in the bowl hasn't gone down at all. Help.

April said...

Anonymous,

If it doesn't work immediately, you may need to add more dishwashing liquid, let it sit a bit, then pour water from a bucket from waist height (careful not to splash!). This assumes the clog is not something like a hard solid such as a grapefruit, plastic toy, etc.

Anonymous said...

Hey April! This technique of yours worked like a charm!!! Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, it worked, thanks! Many posters used a plunger anyway, but I found it worked just to put in the dishwashing liquid and let it work on its own. I had to wait a long time--overnight--but it unclogged completely on its own. Amazing.

To those trying it: give it time to work!

Amy S said...

I'm pretty much in love with you right now.

I don't how you figured that out. I don't know how it worked so quickly. Does it work without the dishwashing liquid? Is it just the pressure of the water entering the toilet, changing the flow so that the clog can go away? The scientist in me wants to experiment to find out. The practicalist thinks that I don't have a back up plan...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this. I didn't believe it would work. but it WORKED. The maintaince guy said they can't come to fix the problem till tomorrow. I am so glad I followed the advice and fixed it myself. Thanks again.

Xavier said...

Oh my god!!! Today's morning my roommate left a hydrogen bomb floating there and clogged the toilet for the whole day. I had to take a shower with the smell after trying to unclog it for hours!

So I came back tonight and found this post. Just poured all my dishwasher soap in the toilet and waited.... my roommate goes in the toilet after three minutes, flushes it and it unclogs!!! He is taking all the credit, but we know who's it really. :)

Anonymous said...

April, i tried it and it really worked. i can't thank you enough. You saved the day.

Mark Alan said...

Honestly, I figured you were just plain nuts. I mean, come on. Dish soap in the crapper? Are we seriously considering this?

And then, I found myself only hours ago in a predicament which started off with me purchasing far too much dish soap, leaving my bank account temporarily in ruin. Then, as fate would have it, the toilet backed up due to some unfortunate bodily functions. Bank account in ruins? No plumber for me.

"The internets has the answer!" I cried out to nobody. And lo! Here you were, with the ridiculous notion that my overspending on dish soap and clogged toilet could actually work itself out most tidily.

Thank you, strange lady, for putting soap in a toilet and then concocting a reason to do it after the fact.

Seriously, though, this rules. Thank you so much. I've been holding it for like twelve hours now.

Charo said...

Thank you very much for posting this. The dishwashing liquid didn't do it by itself, though. I had to try a combination -- dishwashing liquid first, then I tried laundry detergent (since I read it in a different website). Then I decided to add the hot water (which might be instrumental in dissolving the poop). It was hard work and took several tries, but I finally did it! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

It Worked!! 2 tries and a little push with the plunger and ITS FREE, FREE AT LAST!!!

You're the best

Anonymous said...

After a day of plunging I tried the soap and bingo! I was questioning my sanity at the idea but was laughing when it worked!

Thanks for the laugh!

Anonymous said...

April i don't know what shit you are smoking but this did not work and all i put in the toilet was paper so stop the game did you think we would not know who anonymous was
thanks for wasting my time
heather

April said...

I'm happy for everyone for whom this worked.

Heather,

If it didn't work then you need a plumber. I can think of several situations where it wouldn't--even if the clog is just paper. One house my parents had, the sewer line broke and things backed up to the house. Another house I once lived in, the sewer line was sloped upward to the street and about once a year we had to have it cleaned out because things would back up to the downstairs toilet. Hope you manage to get it unclogged. But yeah, if the dishwashing liquid (and water poured into the toilet from about waist level) didn't work, then it's time to call a plumber.

ted said...

I was skeptical at first, but
dishwashing liquid and hot water worked magic for me!

Thanks April!!! You've made my day!

Regards,
Ted

lorri kennedy said...

OMG! The Dawn dishsoap helped me work the auger better, we had one HELL of a clog. Woo, for a single mom!!!!!!!

Lori said...

Hi April....i'm in australia and so desperate to fix my toilet so i thought i would come on the handy net and see if anything worked. i tried plunging, i tried running water down the bath and sink, i even tried the coat hanger one....none of them worked then i found your idea i thought i'm in big trouble and i can't call a plumber till tomorrow so i thought i'd give it a go..well guess what it didn't work.....i'm sorry but it's just didn't work i even tried plunging it as well and i'm at a loss. thanks anywayz any other bright ideas

April said...

Lori,

I'm sorry it didn't work for you. Hope by now you've found a solution. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries or putting it in and waiting a bit. Sometimes it won't work. Don't know why. And then you're pretty much stuck getting a plumber.

suzie said...

trying it, let you know!

suzie said...

Ya Hoo!!! It worked! My son has a constipation problem and this time nothing worked, plunging, an auger which I purchased yesterday. I was a bout to put tape over it and put my camping toilet in the bathroom. Your method worked the FIRST time. I pu half a bottle of dishwashing liquid and almost boiling water, as I poured the water in it flushed! I have tears in my eyes as I am a single mother and could not afford a plumber. Thank you thank you April!

Anonymous said...

O M FREAKING G. MY SISTER AND I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO UNCLOG OUR TOILET FOR 3 HOURS WITH NO SUCCESS. AFTER SEARCHING ONLINE WE FOUND YOUR SUGGESTION AND IT WORKED ON THE FIRST TRY. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR ADVISE IT SAVED US AN EMBARRASSING CALL TO THE LAND LORD. THANK YOU

Anonymous said...

April I did see something magical. I am still flabbergasted by the results. I used Dawn Direct Foam and it really works. My wife missed the magical moment. It sounds funny but I can't wait till the next clog.

Anonymous said...

Thank you April!!!!! your remedy worked. You really saved me a trip to the shop to buy a plunger.

Anonymous said...

I can't belive it worked! My toilet has been clogged for a week I had 2 guys using an augur and a plunger and could not get it for 3 hours....i thought what the heck ill try it today...and immediatly the clog cleared. Needless to say the poor guys felt a little silly.

Anonymous said...

I tried this 3 or 4 times with no luck but dont worry im not going to be an jerk like the other people it didnt work for. all i wanted to say is that its a very good idea and im jealous of the people it worked for. i guess ill have to break down and buy a plunger *sigh*

Anonymous said...

Well I tried it in all 3 toilets. It didn't work and I got bubbles all over the place from the upstairs bathroom. Thanks anyway. I guess I'll call a plumber tomorrow for a estimate. Again thanks. I guess it doesn't work on things 16 month olds throw down the toilet.

C.Charles Houston

Anonymous said...

Well, I am really surprised - it worked!

I didn't have a plunger, and I've been reflushing the toilet each time it refilled in the hope the water would eventually push it down. I'd been doing this for about 6 hours, with no results, except the last time the water wasn't even going down (after 1.5 hours). So as a last ditch effort before buying a plunger, I did a search and found this!

After liberally squirting dish soap into the toilet, there still wasn't enough room to flush so I just left it alone to see if it would go down in the next hour. If not, I was going to break down and go buy a plunger (I'm staying at a friend's house, and needed to get it fixed before they got home from work :p).

10 minutes after putting in the soap, I heard the sweet, sweet glug of a toilet flushing.

Now I just need to flush a few more times to get rid of the green residue on the bottom of the toilet. ;)

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Jolly good show!

first we tried two bottles of liquid drano!
then, a bottle of foaming drano pipe snake,
then, an 80 OUNCE BOTTLE OF LIQUID PLUMBER GEL!!!!
with much plungering in between each, (don't plunge with chemicals in toilet, I only tried out of desperation and AFTER THAT I saw some nice fine print that said not to on the bottles)
so after all the exasperation I tried the soap trick, I hope they give you the golden plunger award of the year!
cheers!

Anonymous said...

This is great! I hate using plungers as I have to clean both the toilet and the plunger afterwards. I had a really bad clog today and so I put in quite a bit of dishwasher soap, let it sit for an hour and then poured 3 wastebasket fulls of hot water. The whole toilet cleared up and when I flushed, the toilet was so clean. Did not have to scrub again. Was I happy! :-)

Anonymous said...

This worked for me in 30 mins! I squirted the dish soap all around the bowl and left. When I returned the water had drained down to normal levels and the first flush was a breeze. Super trick! Thank you!

Steven said...

Thanks for the amazing tip, April! After playing around unsuccessfully with an auger in my clogged toilet, I found and tried this method. I applied some Dawn to the toilet bowl when the water was at a level above normal, waiting for the level to drop to below normal, then went with the warm water. The first attempt did not work, so I tried again, and still nothing. Before losing hope, I told myself "Third time's a charm!" and began one last time and it flushed on its own! Here's the thing - for me, the third time I squirted some Dawn in the bowl, it IMMEDIATELY flushed on its own, without having to plunge or add water or anything. I just squirted it in after a flush, so it couldn't have been the pressure of the liquid, otherwise the flush would have taken care of the clog on its own. I'm not sure what the science is behind the dishwashing liquid pushing the clog through, I can only testify that it really does work. Perhaps it has something to do with the density of the liquid (it's more dense than water, you'll see it fall to the bottom if the water isn't too murky ;)) or some other physical or chemical properties. Either way, this is a fantastic post, please leave it up for other desperate internet roamers with clogged toilets to read!

Azure said...

I'm a vegetarian, so all I eat is fiber :)

The dishwashing liquid has earned a permanent place in my bathroom.

Thank you so much!!

Teabie said...

this is coming kinda late from me, but it worked for me too! u're a lifesaver, thank u soooo much!

Anonymous said...

Thank you thank you thank you! After plunging and flushing alternately for 4 days, in desperation I went to the internet and there you were- my life and moneysaver!!! The dishwashing liquid didn't seem to work on it's own but the hot water seemed to do the trick. Worked on the 2nd try.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Great tip! Worked the first time I tried it.

Deno said...

Prabhu

Thans April.This realy works like magic we had toilet clogged since last night we tried everything possible but all in vain. Then I searched on internet and found your site. Thanks al lot i just put once and plunged it a few times one flush and gone!!!!

Melissa said...

Thanks so much. This was so helpful, and saved me a plumber's visit. Whew! I poured in the soap, poured the water from waste height until it filled the bowl, then plunged for like 20 seconds and the clog was released. Awesome.

Mike M said...

Oh my god, I just spent 3 hrs trying to unclog my toilet, called a plumber and was waiting for him to arrive, and figured, might as well try the dish soap. IT WORKED! tried the auger, tried the coat hanger, trying the plunger, but the dish soap was great!

Anonymous said...

Your solution worked. I plunged and plunged and no luck. My husband added the dawn as suggested. We waited about five minutes and Voila...........All was well!!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Anonymous said...

So far. I tried it the first time and it did some kind of sucking-ish sound the first time...but it didn't really clear.

Soo i'm still going at it and hopefully it will prevail. I'll let you know!

Anonymous said...

I'm BACK. AND OMG. IT WORKED. o_0' I just let some sit for a little longer and let the water go down...a few plunges and it was DONE. AMAZING.

I <3 YOU!!!

=]

but my toilet is a little foamy. haha.

Mmcountry said...

WOW!!!! I can't believe this worked. April you are amazing. Thank you soooooo much. If you have any more little secrets, you should put them on a web page or something. haha... Thanks again..

KE said...

OMG!!!! My toilet has been clogged for 2 mths... I was using the second bath. I read your post and said what the hell!!! Did not have the dishwashing liquid just used hot water and walllaaa!!! Bye Bye Clog. Thanks April... Thak God for thinkers such as your self.


KE, Trinidad and Tobago WI

Shaynie said...

April : Firstly you are brilliant for coming up with this idea. Secondly you are thoughtful and generous to publish it for public access, thirdly you must be some sort of saint to respond so kindly to those individuals who wrote mean, and sometimes obscene, comments to you. (I can't fathom why anyone would be mean and vile to someone who is offering help to someone else.)

My toilet was clogged for several days. I repeatedly tried unclogging it with a plunger and I didn't want to use harsh toxic chemicals. I found your advice on the Internet, gave it a try, and WHAMMO my toilet cleared immediately and completely on the first try! THANK YOU AND BLESS YOU!

Anonymous said...

April,

I was about to call a plumber and then I tried your tip. It worked at first try. Now I am going to a bottle of Dawn right next to the toilet.

Thanks - and Happy New Year

Bailey said...

This worked GREAT!!!!
Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

I put about a 1/4 bottle of dish soap in, let it sit for 10 mins, did a little plunging to try and push the soap into whatever was stuck(paper towels) and after pouring a pail of warm water in. It worked first try! Thank you very much april you've helped me out big time. You're a good person to pass on this advice :)

Anonymous said...

this totally worked...i didn't use a plunger, just dishsoap and hot water twice. i closed the lid inbetween to keep the heat in. the second time i heard a "swoosh" and the toilet was clear!

Anonymous said...

I just can't believe it! This worked like a charm the first try! The crapper has been stopped up for two days. The whole house was stinking and I was threatening to go to a hotel until my husband got this taken care of. He was out a the hardware store and I found this blog posting. I told him about it and he figured what the hell, it can't hurt. It absolutely worked and the stench is already subsiding! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just wanted to thank you for the amazing tip!
I had a pretty stubborn clog in my toilet bowl...(paper towel...I know, "don't put paper towel in the toilet"...it slipped my mind.)
I was at home with my little girl, while my fiancee was at work.
I have no plunger yet, so I was a bit frazzled because I have a 2yr daughter who is now potty trained.
I tried a coat hanger, toilet brush, hot water, etc. Nothing worked. So I saw your advice online and thought "what the heck...why not?"
I put roughly 1-1/2 measuring cups of dish soap (Pamolive)in the bowl and let it sit for abour 1/2 hr. I then grabbed the empty waste basket and filled it with hot tap water. I poured it into the bowl as you directed...but nothing happened.
I stood there for a minute and waited. Still nothing. So I took the toilet brush and tried to use it as you would use a plunger...and bingo! It sucked the water straight down. I didn't even need to flush!!! And it worked on the first try!
I was so shocked that I made sure it was gone by flushing the toilet a couple times...haha.
I can't thank you enough!!! :D
I'm going to pass this tip onto others.

Anonymous said...

It worked for us too....first try. Hot water and dish soap! Thank you so much from a family of five and a housemate - for saving us big bucks and for a solution that is septic safe.

Love it! :)

Angie said...

Well, April, it's Jan. 08 and since Dec 07 we have had a clog in out toilet. My brother came over and tried to unclog it. He thought he did but as soon as someone had a big bowel movement (BM) it would be stopped up. It didn't overflow just comes up and will slowly go down. We called a plumer - we had to. The bathroom is right above my Mom's closet and if you flushed the toilet 2-3 times in a row than it would leak -my brother told me how and I seen it but I can't remember - anyway, this lovely not so fresh water was leaking in Mom's closet and we had to get it fixed. He came, he saw ?? but he didn't concur. It was about $75.00 - yeah it was cheap we thought it would be double that or more. He was here a few hours. He said it was flushing ok now, but there maybe something far down in the pipes. Our house is an older home - my grandpa was a plumber - him and my uncles built thr house and needless to say since he was a plumber he never keep up the up keep. LOL. Today, about 3 weeks later it happened again. Well who has an extra money these days?? I got on line and seen this on another site but thought, YEAH RIGHT! I continued on and came here. I read most of the comments and decided to try it. I got the polmolive - which I didn't want to use cause it is expensive and squirted it in. Nothing. I came downstairs and got the hot water - which I had to heat in mocrowave - takes forever to get hot. I took up 2 of the 5 qt ice cram pails up and old laundry soap. I had put some of it in before I came down for the 2nd pail - I go up pour a generous amt of laundry soap in and pour the water in (about waist high). Within 30 seconds it was going down. PRAISE THE LORD AND YOU!!! I cannot wait to tell my Mom, brother and other family members - they too will be skeptical but they now I don't BS about the BM!!!! LOL Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will let you know if it stays clear. I haven't seen anyone come back later and say it was clogged again a few days later.

Anonymous said...

AMAZING! I just had a clogged toilet from toilet paper. It is 3:00 am here and I am not dressed. I don't have a plunger and I didn't want to go out to buy one.

I searched google, found this and after 3 times with a spaghetti cooking bowl it was fully cured.

THANKS!

Now all I have to do is clean up all the water on the bathroom floor and then go to be, :)

Anonymous said...

Jan 08 and the tips worked for a low-flow toilet. Instead of using a bucket, I filled a large one gallon plastic watering can with hot water from the spigot (one of those cans with a long slender end). It shot the water at a shallow angle that worked well with the contorted plumbing in those low-flows. Had started with an auger/snake, which got me to bubbles, then two go-rounds with dishwashing liquid and hot water and it works again.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Worked like a charm! Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

How cool! It worked! It also works with other kinds of household cleaning products you might have around the house.

Anonymous said...

OMG THIS WORKS SO WELL!!!!1!1!!!(one)! I don't know why this works and I don't think the fish like it but I'll take it. April you saved my Saturday night!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Feb. 18th (Presidents Day) 2008 and we have another happy customer!!! Genius. Thank you for posting this, April. Screw the jerks drinking the Haterade!

Anonymous said...

Well, I am a college student living in a dorm appartment and I don't want to tell my roomie that I clogged the toilet (*blush*), and I am unskilled with a plunger. I just put in some dishwashing liquid. I'll wait a while to see if it works. I'm too afraid to use the hot water yet in fear that I will over flow the toilet or crack it. Wish me luck!
I also congratulate you for putting up with some of those nasty comments and handling them very well.

Anonymous said...

*sigh* Well, the first try was unsuccessful. I guess I'll have to try the warm water.

Anonymous said...

03/13/2008 - Yah it worked for me. We had been having problems for like the last week but the plunger got the job done but it took like 1/2hr each time. Tonite the plunger broke and I was like you have to be kidding me!! I found this and thought it is worth a try since I didnt' feel like going to store at 10pm. Put in the dish soap & 3 pitchers of hot water and voila! It's clean & not clogged!! THANKS

elmo said...

It worked. My downstairs bathroom is now unclogged. Doing it to my upstairs one too. Argh....

Anonymous said...

time to applaud the power of chemistry! and a kind woman who freely shared her discovery that works for most folks.

uhm, yeah, it worked for me too

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU FOR THIS. I was stressing out. It is 1:00 AM, it seems like my friend's family does not have a plunger. This works like a charm.
Good night guys.

Anonymous said...

I have to say very loudly THANK YOU! I recently had back surgery ..I tried the plunger..which is a definite no no. I was desparate. I have a bathroom upstairs and one downstaris. I can't go upstairs and had no idea what to do. I looked up your website and figured it wouldn't hurt to try...especially my back! It didn't work the first five times so I left it overnight. The next morning I decided to completely scoop out the water, poured dawn into bowl, let it sit for awhile, mixed boiling water and hot water, poured it in..nothing. Said a prayer to St.Jude (honest) got another pail of boiling water and hot water. Poured it in and down everythng went! I told my kids what I was trying and they just laughed. Wait until I talk to them again. THANK YOU again. You have a believer in Canada. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

This is testmony No. XYZ from London Ontario Canada. It worked for me.

I am dog-sitting now, and I have had put myself in a situation where I produced something that a toilet refused to receive. I googled the term "clog toilet" and found April's suggestion. I did not dare to pour the hot water from the height of my waist, in the fear of recreating "Mountain Splash" from Disneyland. I let the hot water and the detergent to sit for a while. Then I found the plunge in the house (remember that it's not my house...I am just dog-sitting!!) The problem went away, and my anxiety episode is over. I'm so glad the dog owner won't have to deal with that when they come home!!

hrg said...

I cannot tell you how grateful I am. It did not work at first so I waited a while and, after an hour, tried the whole process again and it did not work.. I got fed up... so i put more liquid in there and let it sit there, then i closed the tap.. and a few minutes later i heard that beautiful sound.... I was just ecstatic .. just when I almost lost hope.. IT WORKED! So anyone out there who is having trouble with this, I suggest you close the tap and wait for the liquid to cut through the clog. THANK YOU APRIL!!!

Anonymous said...

This method works for paper clogs as dishwashing liquid typically dissolves paper - ypu can try it out in your sink if you dont believe.

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness, after trying to flusha spider and overflowing all over the floor after several turning the water back on attempts, 40 seconds after adding the detergent it flushed, LIFE SAVER!

Anonymous said...

WORKED< WORKED< WORKED...
hubby in Afghanistan for exactly 1 week, I started freaking when the toilet started over flowing.. I plungged, and plungged to no avail...
came across your page, I tried and it WORKED!!

THANK YOU!!! and hubby thanks you too!!! lmao...

Lena

Anonymous said...

I have just had surgery so I am unable to drive so this technique came in VERY useful at my house.

Thank you for the advice!!

Anonymous said...

We have had a clogged toilet for 2 days now and plunging was not moving the clog at all. I went to the store to get some Draino but every brand said NOT for use in toilets! I came home and did a search for Unclog a toilet and found your suggestion.
Thank YOU! I did this 3 times and then plunged and heard the clog release! Thank you so much!!

Anonymous said...

Wow that really worked thanks so much

Anonymous said...

Nothing stops your life like a toilet clog, huh?

My toilet got clogged last night... it has ruined my weekend. I just can't be at peace until I get this problem fixed.

I am actually OUT of dishwashing liquid, but I guess I'm going to make a quick trip to the store even though it's 1 a.m. I also have a rather wimpy (cheap) plunger that hasn't worked AT ALL.

I put the little bit of dishsoap I had in there, but it sounds from the descriptions like I need to use about 1/3 of the bottle. I have also been trying to put hot water.

The water always eventually goes down (very slowly), but when you flush it again, it overflows.

What a headache... I will definitely remember this the next time I decide to use half a roll of toilet paper.

Anyway, I will post an update... if I don't get this fixed, I will have to call the landlord. What a headache. Hard to relax when you know you've got a stopped up toilet.

I think that the previously mentioned "sweet song of the toilet unclogging" will definitely be music to my ears.

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Anonymous said...

I tried this and it didn't work at all. I used all of my soap and used boiling water and still nothing. I ended up spending about 3 hours doing it. It was clogged with paper towel from when I cleaned the bathroom. Doesn't seem like much but still didn't work. Bought a plunger for 3.50 and it worked after 2 minutes. Bottom line, stop being lazy like me, go to the store and buy a plunger. No soap wasted and a valuable tool to your arsenal. Happy it worked for everyone else though.

Anonymous said...

april - this is amazing. had this prob in my new apt and it's friday so my super wasn't going to be available until monday to fix my clog. no plunger and no open stores... Your trick worked on the first time and i did it a second time to make sure...

thank you thank you thank you.
truly

Anonymous said...

after plunging off and on for hours - dishsoap and hot water. Makes sense, how do you get hardened crap off dishes - soap and hot water. Worked for me

Anonymous said...

June 21 2008...Just tried this and it worked! Had to repeat the process and plunged a couple ot times and it was DONE !! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much April! It worked! Absolutely brilliant!

pearl said...

APRIL you're an ANGEL!!!
My husband spent most of the night and early this morning de-clogging our bedroom toilet...He went to Rona to buy a plunger, snake and an auger...Nothing worked...He left for work this morning having accomplished nothing...I wasn't feeling well so I decided not to go to work...To add to my misery, I could smell the odour from the washroom...I thought this couldn't go on the whole day, I'm gonna get crazy...I was about to give up and call a plumber, then I decided to go on the internet hoping to get an idea on how to solve this messy problem...THEN I SAW YOUR SITE... I took out my President's Choice dish detergent, poured half a bottle into the bowl, waited for about an hour, poured hot water in and used the plunger...It didn't work...I decided to try a second time, pouring the other half, waiting another hour...Then i again poured hot water, used the plunger....Lo and Behold, the water level went down...I then flushed the toilet and whooossshhhh....I was so proud of myself....and so thankful TO YOU APRIL!!!You saved us loads of money for a plumber.....

Anonymous said...

My best friend just told me today about using dishwashing soap to unclog the toilet - I don't know where she learned about it. I tried it for the first time this afternoon and IT WORKED RIGHT AWAY!!! BUT she ONLY uses the dish soap - NO plunger, NO auger, NO hot water, NO added water of any kind, NO scooping the water out, and NO multiple flushing!!! There has been only one time that it didn't work, and that was when she used an Eco-friendly "green" dishwashing detergent. When the "eco" dish soap didn't work she came right back with some regular detergent and the clog dissappeared right away! (We think the "eco" detergent didn't work because it is non-petroleum based). Also, we both just used a big squirt of it, not half the bottle or cups of it.
Good luck to everyone!

Synn

Anonymous said...

hi its about sunday evening ? wife coming home from a trip . being a great husband and AND ALL..... i started cleaning. i cleaned my powder room and when putting the old water down the toilet? i poured a small rag down? i panied a little because my cleaning would have been a fowl up. IN STEAD, i got on googles and LOOKED up the situation. AND YOURS WORKed... YOUR THE BEST..... THANKS FOR YOUR IDEAL..... God Bless you

Kelly said...

worked for me. Just got a bunch of bubbles on my first hot water pour, but then after waited awhile and did another pour of water it was cleared. Thanks for the tip, I'll remember this one!

William said...

Great stuff!! I woke up this morning to find a clog and spent nearly an hour trying to unclog it. I started looking online for suggestions on an easier way to do it. I found your blog, and you fixed my clog. For some reason, as soon as I put the soap in there, the next flush, it flushed. Miracles I tell you.

Anonymous said...

Great tip, thank you very much! Was leaving my house for a month the next day and this could have been a disaster.

R. Jordan said...

Thank you for the tip! I used Dawn with a low water level. Added medium hot water from an office size trash can at waist level and waaalaaa, it opened the clog. Had been trying to plunge for 30 mins. with no success, so this was a wonderful surprise!!!

Donna said...

YEAYYYY!! IT WORKED!!! To the sceptic who posted a nasty comment - EAT YOUR WORDS!!! Maybe "anonymous" is a plumber! I bought an auger, 2 types of extra strength / professional strength drainers and great plunger - none of which worked! For two days I tried all of these methods to no avail! Found this online and in a matter of 2 minutes and about 6 plunges - voila, drain is clean and clear!

ps: never flush fresh sprouts down your toilet, apparently cold water keeps them crisp and they will clog your toilet!

2 days - 1 lessons learned!

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

August 12, 2008.
I just averted a crisis! It works! my DH is not very handy so i do most of the work around the house,but being 34 weeks pregnant, i was NOT about to deal with his BM.
When i read your method it made sense cos i come from a west-African country where we rarely get clogged toilets in homes; we sometimes have to flush with a bucket of water since light supply is quite erratic, so unless you have a generator, no way to pump your own water. Thanks April and kudos on the kindness you showed even when people were being mean.I guess you recognise the signs of someone who is off their meds.

Shelly, Toronto, Canada.

Anonymous said...

Same as a lot of other people here--worked at the clog for a good hour with a combination of tricks (plunger, wire hanger), even tried hand soap that was sitting by my sink. hot water, cold water from a big bowl. nada. finally cracked and went downstairs, got the dawn and a bucket. worked the first try. thank you thank you!

Carla said...

Unbelievable! I plunged for about an hour, with my 5-year old convinced that I was going to snap rip the toilet right off the floor (I would have if I had any energy left). Nothing wrecks a perfectly fine day more than a clogged toiled. Found this on the internet, grabbed the Dawn, and poured about 3 TBSP in the little water I had left in the toilet. I left it for about 20 minutes, grabbed an ice cream bucket filled it with hot tap water, poured it in from waist height and instantly, I mean instantly, it flushed.

I am tossing my gross, dirty plunger tonight. Thanks April!!

Anonymous said...

It worked for paper towels. I don't know exactly why, but it did.
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm currently living in a college dorm and have a single room. [Thank God...]
I'm trying to save myself from telling my RA that I have a clog. I read it. I tried it about four times in the course of an hour. Still nothing.
I'm waiting it out.
After reading some of the comments, I've decided to wait it out a little bit longer.
Let you know how it turns out
-M

Anonymous said...

Add me to the list of the majority of desperate housewives and others! I tried the conventional approach using my Dare to Repair Book...I ended up sweaty, covered in poop and so frustrated I was in tears. I bought a new plunger and dragged out this ugly, rusty disgusting snake. I made a mess, scratched up my toilet, and this clog would not budge.

I can't afford a plummer, so went on-line, and found YOU! It is exactly as described; you may have to try it more than once, and give it time...but I will never take a good old flush for granted again! I will send this info to everyone I know!!!!

As for those who wrote nasty things to you; they need a good dose of dish soap!

Thank you for a great simple solution to one of life's biggest hassles!

Paulo [Gepetto] Bittencourt said...

Hey, don't let the dishwasher companies find out, or they'll up their prices!

This worked for me after one shot. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness! you are a lifesaver! i live in an apartment and well didn't want my roommate to know about my problem! i've been trying to fix the clog all day and she was almost home from class and i found this! not kidding 1 minute later the clog cleared up and i was able to relax!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, thanks for putting this on here! I'm on temporary medical leave at home alone, and we are plunger-less at the moment. Well this morning the toilet quit working properly and I was in a quandry to fix it myself before my dear husband came home for lunch (the dear always just takes over and does it himself, but it embarasses the heck out of me!). I don't know if it was the dishwashing liquid or the hot water, but it eventually took care of it. It never did flush on its own, but after several rounds of the hot water I flushed it (and ran to the other end of the bathroom) and- lo and behold!- it was fine. Thanks for saving the hubby some trouble!

Anonymous said...

works even without pouring the water, though after 3 buckets of hot water it got even better, i used the oxy clean ultra concentrated liquid detergent so i guess it works like a draino!

Anonymous said...

I guess I'm one of the minority... didn't work for me :(

Anonymous said...

thank you, I have to call a plumber once a year but thanks to your tip I fixed it myself. Just wondering I did use Dawn but would laundry detergent work as well too?
Mary

April said...

I'm glad this IS working for most of you!

Mary, I don't know if laundry detergent would work. My experience is that even with laundry, there are things dish washing liquid like Joy will take out that laundry soap won't. So I don't know if laundry detergent would dissolve things as well.

Anonymous said...

Actually I came across this myself without reading your thread, I had a clogged bathtub (probably hair?) not sure, so I figure what the heck let me try everything I have, so I poured some dish washing liquid, and WOW the bathtub drained!!!

After I started looking on the internet to see if there is any "science" behind this and I came across your thread.

I'm not sure what the science is, but dish washing liquid DOES indeed clear clogged drains (assuming its nothing hard physical blocking it)!!

Anonymous said...

Worked GREAT! You saved me big $$$ not calling a plumber. Thank you!

Mary Bennett said...

I've discovered something like this method out of desperation. I've put in pine sol, and that works. I've also used just plain water. It takes usually 2 -3 attempts, and works.

Anonymous said...

OHHMYYGOSHHH HOW WILL I EVERR THANK YOUU?!?!?!?!?!?!1
THANK YOU SOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i tried unclogging my toilet for about 5 hours noww. and nothing was working. so i checked the internet and i saw ur page. and it said to unclog a toilet with dishwashing liquidd...so i was like, "oh well ill try this." and so i did. i tried about 6 times and nothing worked. i was about to give up. and then on the 7th try, it worked. i put a bunch of dishwashing liquid in the toilet, then i put boiling water and then i plunged. ohh i heard the sweet sound of the toilet flushing!!!!

THANK YOU SOO MUCH!!!! my mom was getting all mad at me bcuz i culdnt unclog the toilet. YOU ARE A LIFESAVER!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

i will defeintely tell others about this method. :]

Anonymous said...

this really works! my toilet has been clogged for 2 days and had tried everything, plunger, wire hanger, etc. I did the dishwashing soap, I used Palmolive since that's all I had and then the hot water from the tap. Waited a few hours, plunged one more time and very anxiously flushed...Gone! Thanks so much for this tip! Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Hi April,

I clogged my new toilet for the first time. No matter how many times I used the plunger the toilet wouldn't unclog. I prayed to God for help and he used your website to answer my prayer. I tried the dishwashing liquid twice, poured in the hot water , plunged a few more times, flushed the toilet and it worked!!!

Anonymous

elizabeth said...

I don't know how it worked but it did- the maintenance man tried to fix it, said there was nothing he could do...I did this twice and it worked like a charm..thank you!

angee said...

It worked!!! My husband was skeptical so my kids and I tried on our own. When he heard cheering from the bathroom, he came in wondering what was up. He was so surprised!! He says it's our new Draino.

Thank you so so much!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a trillion April.. I kinda doubted it at first but it worked out beautifully..

Anonymous said...

Amazing!! I was skeptical at first, and it took me until the 3rd try, but it worked!! Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

i just clogged my bathroom's toilet and had no idea what to do and no plunger... AND i just moved in with 2 male mates who would never have let me forget it if i had asked for help. this worked perfectly the first time, i breathed a HUGE sigh of relief! thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooo much. I don't have a plunger in my apt. and since it's Sunday many stores are closed around here. So I decided to Google for help and I'm so thankful to have found your site. I used a generous amount of Dawn, hot water, repeated, and then the water just went down on its own. I flushed again just to make sure and yup it's clear! I will remember this from now on. Great advice!

Anonymous said...

Okay folks...first off, thank you April for the advice!

I have a horrible low flow toilet that clogs very easily. I do have a toilet auger I use for last resort, but yeah it's MESSY. I also know how to plunge as well as I can in this horrible toilet. (it has an angular surface that doesn't let you get a seal.)

Well yesterday it clogged really bad.....about as disgusting as it gets. (takes all day to drain and it's ugh, all brown.) So after being unsuccesfull with the plunger today I figured after I get home from work tommorrow I'll break out the auger :( (at least the water will be down.)

I just put a bunch of Ivory in the toilet. From reading the comments, it seems like it's the actual poop that the soap works on. Think about it, this stuff is made to BREAK DOWN GREASE. I bet it breaks down the poop, plus "lubes" up the toilet and the pipes. Now, if you have a hard object in there, of course it won't work. And paper towels and such it probably isn't as noticable on vs. poop, even though it seems to help a little.

I'll report back tommorrow, but my confidence is high! Even if it doesn't work for me, thanks anyways.

Anonymous said...

Praise God! I was at the end of my rope and thought dishsoap might work. Your site gave me the confidence to try (otherwise I thought I might just be crazy!). I prayed and prayed that it would work and it didn't--right away. Nothing happened and nothing more happened, and I tried plunging, but without any other options, I decided to keep my hopes up and continue to try.
This really does work! God used you to save my day. He is good all the time! AND you are so gracious to handle those extremely ludicrous comments with such poise. Even when it didn't seem to be working for me, I thought those comments gave human beings such a bad reputation! Thanks for your post!

Anonymous said...

April, thanks for your advice. Our commode clogged after a major "session" yesterday. Many pushes of the plunger did nothing. Adding gel drain cleaner and sitting overnight did nothing. Water level dropped slightly. Hmm, add one half cup of dishwashing soap, plus five hours, and a couple of gallons of faucet hot water. The water level started to drop and one WEAK push of the plunger and it's all clear. My dear bride couldn't believe it.

Anonymous said...

oh sorry i thought this was 2 girls one cup. carry on

Anonymous said...

First let me say I thought this idea was nuts. I work in a doctors office and after the manager and I both tried plunging the toilet for hours, we turned to the internet, and found this. So we attempted it. We poured in the dawn, and then grabbed a bucket of hot water. We poured the hot water in the toilet and watched the water disappear! We both just busted up laughing. So needless to say this ended our long stressful day on a funny note! Thanks

no said...

April you are nothing short of (1) a blessing (2)a genius. You should charge for this or at least make us able to send you a donation for your help. I had this problem for 2 years now on both my toilets, I have paid over $800 on three different occassions (altogether) to have my toilets snaked.Not to mention the mess I had to clean up. I statrted searching on the web and found you. April, ignore the negative comments, maybe they were never taught to be thankful even if it did not work for them, maybe it was their attitude.
Thanks a million on behalf of all for whom it has worked.

Anonymous said...

WOW! For all the haters, you're totally wrong! April, this saved my dignity! I've had to call me landlord three times before this and I was sick of it. I found your tip on the internet and it worked the FIRST time. The clog had been sitting there for literally weeks and it went right down after trying this! I love you for this!

Anonymous said...

I spent the entire day snaking the toilet and was at my wits end. A friend suggested vinegar and baking soda but that didn't work either. Was about to phone the plumber who charged me over $100 only a few weeks ago for the same problem when I decided to google again. This time your recipe came up. I poured in plenty of DAWN, then a pail full of hot water over it. IT CLEARED IMMEDIATELY! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
You saved me a lot of money and most important gave me piece of mind that I can fix it when it happens again... which is quite likely considering that this is a new Kohler toilet installed just 5 months ago and this is the third time it clogged up -- never had this problem with my old toilet!
How does the saying go... If it ain't broke don't fix it... Want my old toilet back. Don't care anymore that it was blue! It worked like a charm for 37 years!
THANKS AGAIN. AM TELLING EVERYONE I KNOW.

Anonymous said...

This worked! My toilet was clogged for 12 hours, I plunged, tried hot water, emptied out to bowl, everything. My landlord is a beast and would have freaked out if we needed a plumber. THANK YOU SO MUCH, April and Palmolive, lol.

Gail said...

This worked for me the first time! At first, nothing happened and I had fired up my computer to see if I'd done something wrong when I heard a gurgle all through the house. My husband came out to tell me the clog was gone and our tub had drained. Thank you so much for this wonderful hint!

Jennifer said...

Holy Cow this TOTALLY worked - I'd been working on my toilet for over an hour - put some soap in, one bucket of water and plunged - nuthin; 2nd bucket of water and ONE plunge later I'm done - THIS ROCKS! THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

Cool, now i have green toilet water :D Makes you wanna go more often!

Orlando said...

WOW! I'm shocked. This actually worked. Thank you so much!!! You are a lifesaver.

Anonymous said...

My toilet was clogged for two days and I was plunging vigorously every chance I got (fun huh?). As a final resort before calling Joe the plummer, I checked online and saw your Dishwashing Liquid solution.Using it along with the plunger ON THE FIRST try I was successful! Thank you so much! Now I can get back to much more exciting activities :)

Anonymous said...

This did NOT work. I tried pouring massive amounts of hot water and then flushing, repeating the process numerous times... the most recent time, I poured green soap down before I poured water... the water is still sitting at the top ready to flood my floor, and guess what? Now, I have a bubbly, soapy flooded toilet!!! Perfect!

Paulo [Gepetto] Bittencourt said...

Well, anon, at least your clog smells nice now =)

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!!!!!!!!! I tried plunging for 30 minutes with no success. I put Palmolive in and a couple cups of hot water and one more plunge did the trick. It worked in about 5 minutes for me.

Anonymous said...

Amazing! Worked for me too. I even had an email drafted for my landlord but thought "what the heck" and gave this a try. It worked! Yay! Thank you.

Julie said...

It worked!!! 3 tries and I let it sit for a while, then a little bit of plunging and stubborn clog is gone! Thanks so much!!

Anonymous said...

Worked for me too! Thank you! I tried plunging before looking for other solutions on the Internet. I used hot tap water and let the dish washing liquid and hot water sit for a few minutes before plunging again. I heard a gurgle coming from below the mouth of the toilet so I tried flushing, and the clog was gone.

Kiara said...

*I'm trying it now. Wish me luck. My old piece of junk toilet clogs at least twice a day, and doesn't move even with a plunger. Maintenance has to come out all of the time, and I'm sick to death of them lugging that nasty auger, and or plunger around my house, and carelessly splashing toilet water all over my bathroom. I'll let you know if it worked on a toilet that needs to be replaced.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! It worked perfectly!

lynn said...

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
my toilet has had a serious clog for 2 weeks.. ive plunged, plunged and plunged some more. i looked online as a last desperate attempt before calling a plumber who i could not afford. i saw your post and read the comments. figured what the heck, give it a try. poured about a cup of dishsoap in the toilet. and came back to read more comments. about ten minutes later i tried the plunger again and it sucked down almost immediately. thank you so much for keeping this post up! even after people leave your rude comments. have a wonderful day, God bless you

Anonymous said...

This worked for me! I had a clogged toilet in the morning. I went to work, did some research online, then went home at lunch and poured about a 1/3 cup of Dawn into the toilet. I followed that up with a large bowl of warm tap water and flushed. Nothing but bubbles. So I squirted in a little more Dawn and went back to work. When I got home 5 hours later, I flushed and it worked! I didn't use a plunger or anything else.

Nicole said...

Thanks for this! You saved me from a weekend without a toilet while a guest is in town. This method worked when a plunger, a coat hanger, and copious amounts of water didn't!

Anonymous said...

I love my home(its 64 yrs old and we've had it for almost 9 yrs) but the plumbing has been a problem for a long time. Our upstairs toliet became clogged and I tried everything to include the vinegar/baking soda/ hot water trick. I had heard about the dish liquid trick but I need a more detailed instructions. I did 2 cycles of the dish liquid and hot water and all I got was a sudsy toliet(which WAS much better than the previous smell). My doubting Thomas husband just looked at me like I was crazy.I got discouraged but decided to squirt the toliet with the dish liquid one last time and let it sit in the toliet overnight. This morning I plunged the toliet and nothing. I decided to take a chance and flush the toliet and plunge and I heard the gurgle and saw the toliet go down which it had not done in days. I cannot wait until my husband wakes up to this! I will definitly keep this page in my favorites. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS TIP!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much! Dawn worked for me! Two toilets in one try! Saved me alot of work!

Anonymous said...

This method truly does work!! I was in a desperate need of unclogging the toliet after plunging the it for a hour or so. A little bit of dawn and hot water did the trick for me!

Danny said...

Hi April,

Thank you very much. It worked indeed!!! I used dish washing soap and 2 buckets of hot water and bingo the clog was gone. One thing I would like to add, the higher up you pour the water from (even way above waist high if possible) the faster the clog disappears. Try it only if you can lift the bucket way high and try not a make a mess of it :) :).

Cheers and thank you once again.
Danny

Anonymous said...

april i put the soap in then i poured hot water, now what? please help me i need this to work ive been trying for tw days now!!

April said...

Anonymous,

If it hasn't worked after 2 days then it may be one of those times when it won't work. In that case, you may want to try a wire coat hanger--unwound bent to create a hook to see if you can snag and pull out whatever is blocking things. If that doesn't work you can get something that's supposed to unclog a toilet called a toilet auger. If that still doesn't work you're probably stuck calling a plumber. I wish this worked 100% of the time but...sometimes it doesn't. It's just always worth a try first because it so often does.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to join the choruses of thank-yous!! The toilet here had never clogged before (I live in grad-student housing) and I didn't have a plunger, so after seeing how many people this worked for, I gave it a shot. I did wonder if the method would work with my dishwashing detergent (one of the "eco" brands)--but it did, and on the very first try! Thank you for saving me a midnight run to the supermarket (miles away)!

Monique said...

April: You are truly a God sent. Thank you so much. I have had a clogged toilet for a little over a week and was about to call a plumber. But I checked out your blog as a las resort and HALLELUJAH!!! it worked!!!! thatnk u so much again...


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Taj said...

Well, I'll be damned!!

April -- I love you...

Anonymous said...

Thank you April! This absolutely works and I didn't need the plunger. I'm never buying Drano again.

You're the best!

Gerry said...

April, thank you so much. This worked like a charm. I let the dishsoap sit in there for about 2 hours, then poured down a bucket of hot water. Presto, problem solved.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much - this worked instantly after even a plunger hadn't for two hours. You are fantastic!

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