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.