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Have you noticed anything in your toilet tank which is no dirt or grime? Does it appear like a ring? If you’ve tried to clean it but failed, then its either a hardened stain, mold, or mildew.
I know, your only question is how to get rid of them. But its also important to know our enemies before attacking them.
When the toilet is left unused for a long time, the water sits in and reacts with the air. This often is the reason. But sometimes, the minerals from the water or the chemicals that you used to clean it, may also lead to its formation.
Either way, you should not leave it untreated. If you choose to ignore it, it will lead to discoloration of your tank. Sometimes, the growing mold may also cause health hazards.
Now let’s move on to the ways to clean them off and keep your morning-pal safe. I mean, its the first place you go to every morning right?
The Toilet Tank Cleaning Method:
Step 1- Empty the tank
Before doing any sort of cleaning, always empty the tank first. It’ll make the process easier and I’m certain that you don’t want to dip your hands into the unclean water!
Shut the water valve that’s fixed against the wall and then flush the toilet until it drains all the water out, and you are good to go.
Step 2- Vinegar’s The Cleaner
This is the secret ingredient to get rid of these stubborn stains, mold, or mildew. Its an effective and harmless way to do the job. You need gallons of it to do the job! Kidding. Just 3 to 4 gallons is enough.
Pour it in the tank and leave it for half a day (12 hours). It’ll loosen the hardened substance. After the time passes, flush the toilet twice or thrice.
Step 3- Proper Cleaning
Now fetch your rubber gloves, wear it and spray some disinfectant in the tank. After you are done, use your scrub brush and clean every corner of the tank. If the brush is not one to reach every corner, buy a new one!
Cleaning every corner will assure that there is no dirt or grime left in it. Use a regular cleaner from the market to do the job properly.
Do this step thoroughly to make sure that you won’t have to look back into the tank again.
Step 4- Time For The Metals
Of course, the metal parts in the tank can’t be left behind! DO NOT apply any cleaner directly on them. It may be corrosive to the metals. Buy a toilet tank cleaner from the market and weaken it to some extent.
Take a sponge and wash it with warm water. Apply the weakened cleaner with the wet sponge. The metal parts will thank you for this.
Then flush, flush, flush and every substance inside the tank will be washed away!
Here we end with the most effective process. But if you want something that takes lesser time, then I got that too! However, I’ll suggest that you have patience and carry out the above process for the best results.
Alternative Ways To Clean Toilet Tanks:
Do you have some Dawn at your house? Its a dish soap but you can use it to clean the toilet tank too. Mix 2 tablespoons of Dawn in a cup of vinegar and add ½ cup baking soda in it. Empty the tank first, obviously, then apply the mixture in the tank with a toilet brush and scrub every corner.
Wait an hour for it to sit then scrub it again. Once you see that all the stains or mold is gone, flush the residue away!
Instead of baking soda, you can also use borax. Mix a cup of borax in 4 cups of vinegar. This time, don’t empty the tank fully. Leave an inch or two water in it then pour the mixture. Then scrub every corner with the toilet brush.
Wait for an hour or two to let it sit. Scrub it again, especially the affected areas. Flush, flush, flush and you are all done.
I think you are aware that bleach can be very effective when it comes to cleaning. But it’s just as harmful. If the stain is too stubborn to go and you got little time to clean, you can consider using bleach tablets.
All you have to do is pour a tablet in the toilet bowl of the water-filled tank. You can’t directly put it in the tank as it’ll be harmful to the parts in it. The rest will be done by itself.
Sounds easy? Its obviously the most time-saving method. No brush, scrub, gloves, and all are needed. But please keep this method as your LAST option, or more like emergency-option.
Bleach is not at all safe for the toilet tank, especially the metal parts in it and the rubber seals. The tablet may even break and get stuck into the corners. The mess will go away but you might be left behind with a dysfunctional toilet, and hands-on your head.
If you only want dirt or hard water stain cleaner, you can always go for the bleach-free drop-ins available in the market. Drop the tablet in the toilet bowl and let it do its magic. You won’t have to empty the tank for this.
Not only drop-ins, but friendly liquids are also available in the market. You can use them following the directions given on the label.
These are the different ways of cleaning your toilet tank. However, just getting rid of them is not the entire story. You need to maintain your toilet and keep it safe to do your morning routine properly.
How To Maintain Clean Toilet Tank?
It is the most important thing that you must do to keep your toilet safe. You should clean the porcelain once a week with mild cleaners from the market. Clean the tank at least twice a year to prevent any sort of malfunction. If your toilet is not used often, you should clean it more than twice a year.
If you got an unused toilet in your house itself, then it’s better to at least flush it every day. Regular flushing will prevent any enemy to grow inside the tank. It’s the easiest way to maintain.
You should take a look into the tank once in a while. A check every six months is good enough. You can open the lid and then flush to see if every part is working properly or not. Check the valve in the tank, whether it’s stopping at a proper level or not. The flapper seal should be well too.
If you find any sort of leaks, DO NOT wait for some time to take action. Grab your phone and call the plumber immediately. It ‘cause you won’t notice the leak at its early stage, its too slow a process. By the time you notice it, the damage has already been done.
Do Not Flush Just Anything-
For God’s sake, DO NOT flush anything other than human excretes and toilet papers. If you got any kid around, teach them this too. They should know the Dos and Don’ts.
But be careful with the flushing of toilet papers. Not all of them breaks down, some can clog the sewage pipes.
You might have heard about cleaning toilet tanks with a mixture of vinegar and bleach. PLEASE DO NOT do that. Vinegar itself is as effective as it can be. It doesn’t need bleach to boost it up. Rather, the bleach will leave behind a foul smell.
It’s better if you avoid bleach until necessary. And I’m sure if you maintain your toilet properly, the “necessity” won’t ever come!
Now that you know the different ways to clean your toilet tank, what are you waiting for? Grab the items, buy the ingredients, and get to work! Don’t let the enemies grow further!
And if you can’t handle it on your own, don’t hesitate to call a plumber. They got the greatest knowledge about it you know.