Often, the first time we buy a plunger is the first time we need a plunger. For new homeowners or apartment dwellers, realizing that you have a quickly overflowing toilet but no plunger is an absolute nightmare.
The first step of any clog – plunger or no plunger – is to turn off the water supply via the knob behind the toilet. You will want to turn this knob all the way to the left. This will stop the flow of water to the toilet, which will prevent the water from continuously flowing into the bowl and potentially flooding onto the floor.
Once you have done that, you could run out and buy a plunger, as there is no longer a risk of the toilet overflowing. However, if you want to take care of the clog naturally and fast, try this trick instead. All you will need is a pitcher and some dish soap.
How to Unclog a Toilet With Dish Soap and Hot Water in 3 Steps
1. Squirt Some Dish Soap Into The Bowl
The dish soap will serve two purposes. First, it will neutralize any odors as you unclog the toilet. Second, dish soap contains degreasing agents that will act as a lubricant to aid the clog in going down the pipes.
2. Fill The Pitcher With Hot Tap Water and Pour Into The Bowl
Fill the pitcher with hot tap water and pour it into the bowl. Hot water is heavier than cold water and the weight of the water will push the clog down. Do not use water that is at or above boiling temperature, as it can cause cracks in the porcelain of your toilet. In most homes, the hot water from their sink is a fine temperature for this task.
3. Repeat, But Do Not Overdo It
You will usually need about two or three pitchers of water, depending on the clog. Keep pouring hot tap water, careful not to overfill the bowl, which could cause it to leak onto the floor. If you are patient, eventually the weight of the water will force the clog down and the toilet will flush on its own. After that, you are free to turn the water back on and use the toilet as normal.
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At Climate Design, we want to help homeowners to learn how to help themselves. Little tricks like these make the sometimes overwhelming task a little simpler. For all of your air conditioning, heating or plumbing needs, we are here for you. Contact us today for more information.