If the last time you cleaned the bathroom, it did not completely hide a foul stench or needed a concerted effort to remove dark rust stains from the rim of your toilet bowl, your task is not finished. Don’t beat yourself up just yet for missing a place, because this one is frequently overlooked: the toilet tank. Its cover keeps filth, bacterial contamination, and mineral buildup is hidden until you need to pull it off to reach in and manually stop the toilet from running or inspect the parts for another repair. These bad conditions can also cause the metal elements in your toilet tank to rust, resulting in bowl staining, which is usually the first sign of a problem for most homeowners.
By cleaning your toilet tank on a regular basis—at least twice a year—you can extend the life of your toilet and all of its parts, freshen the fragrance of your bathroom, and save yourself some elbow grease the next time you disinfect your toilet bowl. Everyone comes out on top! So, what are you holding out for? Follow this tutorial on how to clean a toilet tank to do one task fast and keep it fresh.
How to Clean the Interior of a Toilet Tank
Have you ever seen inside your toilet tank? Unless the water in your toilet is running, discoloured, or stinky, the chain or lever has broken, or you decide to use one of those tablet cleansers.
Bacteria can thrive in the dark water tank, especially if you reside in a hard water location. Minerals and iron will nourish bacteria, which will develop into slimy blobs clinging to the tank’s sides. Bacteria can be yellow, orange, red, brown, rusty, black, or green in colour.
Dirt, dirt, and germs may produce smells, corrode gaskets, and even clog the toilet, therefore it is critical to maintaining the inside of your toilet and the toilet bowl clean.
Step one. Remove the water from the tank.
Do not put your hands in a full tank to clean it. Before you begin, you must drain the tank.
To begin, turn off the water by twisting the valve on the bottom of the toilet near the rear wall, then flush the toilet until all of the water in the tank has been drained. You may need to flush twice; just make sure to thoroughly drain the tank.
Step two. Disinfecting the Tank’s Interior
To get rid of germs and bacteria, disinfect the tank. Using a disinfectant such as Lysol or chlorine bleach, spray the interior of the tank. Allow the disinfectant to settle for about a half-hour before proceeding with the cleaning.
Step 3: Get Rid of the Bacteria Construct
If there is a lot of slimy crud remaining in the tank after the water has been emptied, you can spray (or pour) pure chlorine bleach on it. Take cautious not to get bleach on yourself or anything else than the interior of the toilet tank. The chlorine bleach will not only disinfect the tank, but it will also break down and liquefy microorganisms. Then, flush a gallon or two of plain cold water down the tank and toilet until all of the bleach has been flushed out and the tank is empty.
Step 4: Clean Up the Dirt and Grime
Put on your gloves and get a toilet brush or other plastic soft bristle brush to remove dirt and grunge.
Step 5: Mineral Deposit Removal
All water contains dissolved mineral particles in varying proportions. Lime, calcium, and magnesium are a few examples of typical minerals found in our water. Given enough time and a high enough mineral content in the water, hard water mineral deposits will build on the interior of your toilet tank (and toilet bowl).
If your tank has mineral deposits, you may clean it with ordinary white vinegar (pour it into the empty tank up to the top of the overflow tube). Replace the cover and set aside the vinegar for 12 hours, or longer if the deposits are heavy. If the toilet bowl has hard water buildup, you may also pour some pure vinegar in it.
Vinegar is a weak acid that dissolves deposits and makes them simpler to sweep away. When the timer goes off, clean the tank with a toilet brush before flushing.
Step 6: Get Rid of Mold and Mildew
The majority of the mould and mildew should have been eradicated by regular cleaning. You may prevent it from returning by following a regular cleaning plan or using a chlorine bleach pill at regular intervals.
Step 7: Keep Your Toilet Tank Clean Chemicals in cleaning solution “tablets” that are put into the tank will damage your seals, gaskets, and fittings faster than normal.
When a rubber seal becomes brittle and fractures, the water in the toilet will run constantly until the component is replaced.
Cleaning inside toilet tanks takes only a few minutes and should only be done once or twice a year, but it may go a long way toward keeping your toilet in good operating condition, clean, and odour-free.
Can You Clean a Toilet Bowl With Plain Bleach?
Sodium hypochlorite, also known as bleach, is the primary component in many commercial toilet bowl cleaners. The primary difference between cleaning with a professional cleaner and washing with simple bleach is that the commercial cleaner contains thickening agents that retain the cleaner on the slippery porcelain so that the bleach can do its work. You don’t have to use bleach to clean your toilet; vinegar disinfects and eliminates stains more effectively than bleach.
Although bleach is a cleaning agent and a disinfectant, it will not remove mineral stains created by hard water. When used in high quantities, it can be hazardous; the suggested concentration for cleaning in the bathroom is 500 parts per million, which equates to 2 1/2 teaspoons of standard 5.25 percent home bleach per gallon of water. This may appear to be a modest concentration, but it will perform the job without harming your skin, eyes, or lungs. Always use bleach alone; combining it with other cleaning chemicals, particularly ammonia, can result in toxic fumes and severe skin burns.
Toilet Tank Tablets Safety
Toilet tank pills are placed in the tanks to freshen the odour. They also assist in the dissolution of minerals and other pollutants in the tank. Toilet tank pills, in a nutshell, clean the toilet for you so you don’t have to.
They are marketed as the most effective way to clean a toilet tank without scrubbing. They also allow you to clean a toilet tank without having to drain it.
Should you, on the other hand, utilize toilet tank tablets? Is it safe to use toilet tank tablets? These are some of the questions I frequently hear people ask.
Toilet tank pills may appear to be an excellent option for cleaning toilet tanks, but they are not. These are the explanations/;
Most toilet tank pills are formed of chlorine, which dissolves in water and begins attacking all of the toilet tank’s rubber parts, such as the flapper and fill valve. After a while, the toilet will begin to run/leak.
White vinegar, baking soda, and a brush can remove the stains, toilet tank pills will not. As a result, they are not a suitable substitute for genuine things.
Toilet tank pills are ineffective in removing debris from a toilet tank. If you have a blocked flapper, no number of tank pills will clear it, and you will have a running toilet all of the time.
Tank pills are harmful to the environment, especially if you have a septic system.
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