How to Unclog a Toilet With Liquid

Clogged toilets are no fun to think about, much less trying to correct.

A plunger forces liquid down the toilet to break up clogs.A plunger forces liquid down the toilet to break up clogs.
One way to unclog a toilet is to use liquid, whether a home mixture or one purchased from a store. A little planning and preparation can help you tackle this unsightly project and rid your toilet of the clog. If you know what has clogged the toilet, this can help you plan your strategy by using an appropriate liquid.

Lay towels around the toilet in anticipation of splashing water.

Mix a mild detergent that breaks up grease or dirt with some warm water. Use 1 tbsp. of liquid detergent for every quart of water.

Pour the mixture into the toilet slowly. Make sure the water does not begin to spill over the side.

Plunge the toilet with the plunger a few times--pushing up and down in short strokes--to help the solution get down into the pipes. Wait for the water to begin leaving the toilet bowl. Flush the toilet as the water level goes down.

Things You Will Need

  • Towels
  • Bucket
  • Mild detergent
  • Plunger


  • While you can substitute the home mixture with a toilet clog removal product from a supermarket or home improvement store, the website Family Handyman recommends not using chemicals in the toilet.
  • Try cleaning the clog at night, when the toilet will receive less use. This allows the detergent solution more time to break up the clog and other gunk in the plumbing.

About the Author

Daniella Lauren has worked with eHow and various new media sites as a freelance writer since 2009. Her work covers topics in education, business, and home and garden. Daniella holds a Master of Science in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Pensacola Christian College.