Clogging a toilet can be annoying and aggravating, and when it happens to you at someone else’s house, there’s little that’s more embarrassing. However, just because the toilet’s clogged doesn’t necessarily mean you have to call in a plumber. The Art of Manliness has some great plumber-worthy tricks to help you out in these situations. Here’s a really simple one:

Add a few cups of hot water to the toilet bowl before you start plunging. After you pour the hot water in, let it sit for a few minutes. To put it mildly, the heat helps break the, um, stuff up. This will make unclogging the toilet with the plunger much, much easier. The heat from the hot water can sometimes break up the clog without plunging, so this could be a good tactic to use if you a clog a toilet at a friends house and you don’t want to face the embarrassment of asking for a plunger.

Also, try adding some dishwasher detergent to the mix. The soap can help break the clog up, as well.

For more informed tips, and advice for avoiding clogs in the first place, head over to The Art of Manliness’ How to Unclog a Toilet Like a Plumber.