Have you ever taken a good look inside your toilet tank? Probably not, unless the water in your toilet is running, become discolored, smelly, the chain or lever has broken or you decide to put in one of those tablet cleaners.
Especially if you live in an area with hard water, bacteria can grow in the dark water tank. Minerals and iron will feed bacteria which will grow into slimy blobs attached to the sides of the tank. The bacteria can be yellow, orange, red, brown, rusty colored, black or green.
Dirt, grime and bacteria can cause odors, corrode the gaskets, and even plug up the toilet, so it is important to keep the inside of your toilet and the water in it clean.
If your toilet tank is grungy and dirty, get your heavy duty cleaning gloves on. We’re going to take care of that dirt, grime, odors and bacteria!
Don’t stick your hands into a full tank to clean it. You need to drain the tank before you begin.
Put your gloves on and grab your toilet brush, or other plastic soft bristle brush to remove dirt and grime from the corners, crevices and along the walls of the toilet tank.
If you have mineral deposits in the tank, you can use plain white vinegar inside the tank (pour it into the empty tank up to the top of the overflow tube). Replace the lid and let the vinegar sit unused for 12 hours or longer if the deposits are heavy. You can also pour some straight vinegar in the toilet bowl if it has hard water build up too.
Vinegar is a mild acid and will dissolve those deposits and make them easier to brush away. When the time is up, scrub the tank with a toilet brush and flush.
Cleaning inside toilet tanks only takes a few minutes and really only needs to be tackled once or twice a year, but it can go a long way to keeping your toilet in good working order, clean and odor free.
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