What to Do When Toilet Flushes but Poop Stays 1

What to Do When Toilet Flushes but Poop Stays

What happens when the toilet flushes but poop remains? It’s a problem that is more common than you think.

When poop stuck in toilet won’t flush sometimes you can just leave it to soften and flush it later, but there are times when that doesn’t work.

Luckily I have researched what the best ways are to do this by using the right chemicals or taking more drastic measures. 

The most effective way is to use one of the products that have been specially formulated to take care of hard stools and other organic matter blocking your toilet. We’ll start out by going over what those are and then giving some information on some DIY solutions to break down poop that block the toilet. 

Chemicals that dissolve poop

A bio enzymatic liquid is ideal for dissolving hard poop quickly to make it flushable.  It is formulated for restaurant grease traps but luckily the enzymes also break down poop. 

The enzymes eat away at organic matter to soften it so it will end up flushing on its own. The solution linked below has a bonus of eliminating the smell as well.

It is a much safer solution than other chemicals like hydrogen peroxide so I recommend having one on hand even if your hard poop was a one time thing. It is a good way to help a toilet unclog itself on its own even for other types of clogs. 

I have a bottle of this or something similar at home in case of times like these. It even works well when your kitchen sink or garbage disposal gets clogged with organic matter. It’s a nice thing to have in a pinch

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DIY option to dissolve feces

Using vinegar and baking soda is a very effective homemade solution to dissolve hard stools. They are everyday pantry items that everybody has on hand to help soften poop that is too big to flush.

You just need to add 1 cup of baking soda to your toilet and then follow it quickly with 2 cups of distilled white vinegar

It will foam up quite a bit so hopefully there is some space in the toilet bowl if it wasn’t clogged and filled up. 

Leave it for 30 minutes or so and then flush. It should be much softer and go down on its own. If it still gets stuck then you should use a good power plunger to force it down. At this point it will be softer and the plunger should make quick work of it. 

dishwashing liquid

Hot water and dish soap liquid

Dish soap liquid works similarly to the enzyme liquid and is very effective as a DIY solution to flushing hard poop. It works quickly and is a very inexpensive option. 

Add 1 cup of dishwashing liquid to your toilet bowl. It is heavier than water and will sink down to surround the stool. 

Then add a gallon of hot water. Make sure it is not boiling! Boiling water will crack your toilet bowl so just make sure it is not at a boil when you dump it in. Something around 180°F is probably the limit.

Let it sit for around 20 minutes or so and then flush. Again, it may not be totally dissolved at this point, but it should be soft enough to go down on its own. If it shows signs that it wants to go down, try a plunger.

You may need to repeat the process at least once to get it to go down on its own.

Break hard stools up manually

Many people that often have large feces also keep a poop knife handy. If you can’t wait 30 minutes or more and don’t have a plunger (By the way, why don’t you have a plunger?) then you’ll need to don the rubber gloves and cut it up.

That should make it manageable enough to be able to flush. 

Alternatively, you can use a spatula or just use your gloved hands to mash it up enough. 

Now, if the stool is way down in the pipes and is clogging the toilet then you will need a toilet auger or a toilet dredge that goes down into the pipe to dislodge it.  

Don’t use Drano! It can damage your toilet and is quite dangerous if it splatters on you when you try to plunge it.

Power Assist Flush Toilet

Power assist toilets are an incredible way to deal with flushing hard poop. They use very high pressure to force clogs through the pipes and into the sewer.

You should do yourself a favor and look into this system that will help you flush just about anything through your toilet pipe. If you have frequent hard poops that require some force to flush then this is the answer. Those methods above are great when you don’t have this problem often but if you have to do this every day then it becomes an issue.

The great thing about this device is that it fits in most toilet tanks. Then, you will never have a clogged toilet again. whether it is from a large poop or for some other reason. 

Think about what those toilets are like in an airplane when they flush and you get the idea about the force of these power assist flushers. 

Check out the ones below to see which one will fit your toilet make and model. 

Does bleach work?

Bleach can work to soften a stool enough that it can flush itself. Care must be used when adding bleach to your toilet, however. 

Make sure to wear rubber gloves and even goggles when adding bleach to your toilet bowl. Add a few tablespoons of it and let it sit for around 30 minutes. Then, pour warm water over it to help push the stool down. 

If it doesn’t flush right away let it sit for a while longer. Plunging it at this point may work to force it down, but it can be dangerous to do this as splashing water could get into your eyes. Again, be very careful and wear protection. 

Final thoughts on hard poop that won’t flush

Always expect the unexpected when it comes to plumbing and fixtures in general. You may not always have too much poop to flush or hard stools that clog toilets, but expect it to happen eventually.

Have those tools and products stocked in your home so you have it at hand when you will eventually need it.

Have you ever had a stool too hard or big to go down the toilet? Tell us your embarrassing story by dropping a comment in the box below!

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  1. Toilet at an old house must have been used regularly by homeless ppl, it is PACKED with poop. Trying all the things today and will be back to tell y’all what worked.

  2. going on 13 hours now
    huge log
    tried EVERYTHING
    all of the things above
    nothing works
    just gonna let it dissolve itself in time i guess

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