As I’ve mentioned, I just moved into a basement apartment of my very own. It’s in an older house in a beautiful part of town. Older houses usually mean older pipes, plumbing, fixtures, etc. While these older touches definitely have character, they come with their headaches as well. This morning, my toilet decided to clog for no good reason. After purchasing a $5 plunger that was doing nothing, I was getting frustrated and worried that I was going to have to resort to more expensive measures. Then I remembered a tip I received a while back. Dish soap! If you pour some dish soap (like the kind you use to handwash) into the toilet and let it sit for a few minutes, it will do wonders. Sometimes you can just plunge after letting the soap sit and it will do the trick. If that doesn’t work, after letting it sit, pour some warm water into the toilet bowl from about waist height. The pressure and the soap together should unclog the pipes. I love finding alternative uses for household supplies – especially when it saves me time and money!