How to Unclog Drains With Dawn Detergent

After years of use, it is inevitable that at least one drain in your house will form a clog. The most common causes of clogs are a buildup of hair, oils, dirt, food particles and improper garbage disposal. Regular maintenance of drains in your household is recommended, but sometimes it isn't apparent how bad a drainage problem is until it's too late. Next time you have a clogged drain, look no further than a basic dish washing detergent for the solution.

Step 1

Pour a 1/2 cup of Dawn detergent into the drain. For tough clogs, use a full cup of detergent.

Step 2

Let the detergent sit in the drain for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Fill a pot half full with water and put it on the stove. Set the stove to high heat an bring the water to a boil.

Step 4

Remove the water from the heat and immediately pour it down the clogged drain. Pour slowly but steadily to avoid getting burned by splashing water.

Step 5

Run water down the drain to check how freely water flows through. Repeat the steps if a clog is still apparent.


Kenneth Coppens

Kenneth Coppens began his freelance writing career in 2008. His passions in life consist of extensive personal research on food, gardening and finding natural and eco-friendly alternatives to nearly all aspects of life.