We’ve talked about the best ways to unclog a drain before, but these handy toilet-clearing tablets are helpful to have on-hand in case yours stops flushing the way it should. Plus, they’re really easy to make.
The folks at SavvySugar put a tried and true combination—baking soda and dish detergent—to good use in these tiny tablets that you can keep in a box or basket next to the toilet or under the bathroom sink. If your toilet starts flushing slowly or worse, doesn’t flush at all and is backed up, one oft hese should clear the way. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1/4 cup Epsom salts
- 8 to 9 tablespoons liquid dish detergent
- Muffin tin
- Muffin liners
Mix the baking soda and epsom salts together first, and try to mix them so you don’t get any clumps. Then add the dish soap one tablespoon at a time until the whole thing has the consistency of wet sand. Pop the liners (SavvySugar suggests silicone liners, since the tablets will be easier to remove) into your muffin tin, then fill each liner and pack it down tightly. You’ll need to let the whole thing rest and dry out overnight—preferably a little longer just so each tablet is completely dry and comes out of the liner easily.
Then, when it comes time to use one, grab a tablet, drop it into the toilet, cover with a few cups of hot water, and let the tablet dissolve for a few hours (or overnight, if you can wait that long). Then try flushing the toilet again. That’s all there is to it. It works like a charm, and there are no harsh, pipe-damaging chemicals involved. Hit the link below for more photos and the full walkthrough.
Unclogging Toilet Bombs | SavvySugar