Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

2 Materials
5 Minutes

This is the coolest trick to unclog a toilet. It's so much cleaner than using a plunger. I can’t promise it will work every time for you, but it worked every time I tried it. All you need is dish soap and hot water.

I would never actually photograph a real clogged toilet because that would be gross. But I wanted to show you how well this method worked, so I stuffed my toilet full of paper towels and toilet paper. I thought those were some pretty tough conditions.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

I used dish soap and hot water. (I told you this was cleaner than using a plunger!)

Step 2: Squirt in Some Soap

I just squirted in about ¼ cup of dish soap.

You'll see the soap settle to the bottom. It lubricates the toilet bowl and helps break up the toilet paper.

Step 3: Add Very Warm Water

I didn’t add boiling water because I didn’t want to damage any of the seals or the toilet bowl itself, but hot water helps break up all the toilet paper. Add enough to help break everything up, but make sure not to overflow the toilet.

Step 4: Flush

You'll see the water slowly move down (it might take a few minutes, so be patient). Once that happens, feel free to flush it and watch the clog go down the drain. Easy peasy!

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3 of 89 questions
  • Ann S.
    Ann S.
    on Jun 21, 2020

    Has ANYONE had the experience of having the commode BREAK fron the hot water being put into the COLD commode?????

  • Mona Lee Shiner
    Mona Lee Shiner
    on Jan 11, 2021

    What about the other fausets than chrome

  • Suz
    on Feb 7, 2021

    Does all that dishwashing liquid eventually mess up the septic tank?

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  • Jp
    on Jun 21, 2020

    really? I thought she only spoke of seals.

  • Jp
    on Jun 22, 2020

    I think her method is good, and she was careful to make the distinction.

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