Toilet Cleaning Plumbing Hacks
The toilet is one of the dirtiest things in your home, which is why people always search for the best way to keep this plumbing fixture clean. Using chemicals like bleach and store-bought toilet cleaners are effective, but what are those chemicals doing to your plumbing system and your health? If you’re looking for natural, effective ways to clean your household toilets, check out the following hacks. Some are helpful, and others seem downright weird. What do you think?
Use Coca-Cola to Get Rid of Rust Rings
For minor rust stains, people swear by a can of Coke. Pour the soda into the toilet and allow it to coat the bowl fully. Let it sit for an hour to let the acids break down the rust stains. Next, scrub with a toilet brush and flush the toilet. Did the rust stains go away? If so, that’s great but it might make you think twice the next time you want to drink a Coke.
Vinegar and Baking Soda for Sanitizing
Want to kill bacteria in the toilet without using bleach? Consider treating your toilet to a vinegar and baking soda bath. The baking soda acts a scrubbing agent, but if you don’t have baking soda using vinegar alone works well too. Many people find that hard water stains respond very well to vinegar. The best way to use vinegar for hard water stains in the toilet is to saturate toilet paper with vinegar. Once the toilet paper is soaked, place it on top of the stain and let it sit overnight. In the morning, give the toilet a flush and the stains should wash away with the toilet paper.
Fizzy Bombs for the Toilet
You’ve heard of bath bombs for soaking in the bath, but what about toilet bombs? We know how this sounds, but hear us out. This is an all-natural solution that cleans and sanitizes the bowl and keeps it smelling fresh. To make this solution, you’ll need the following ingredients per the recipe by The Spruce Crafts:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- Food coloring (all natural, if desired)
- Essential oil of your choice
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring spoons
- Spoon for stirring
- Bath bomb molds
Mix the dry ingredients together first then add the food coloring. Add the citric acid last before you mold the bath bomb. The essential oil provides a fresh scent and works with the baking soda to create the fizz needed to clean the toilet.
Clean Toilet Handles with Baby Oil
Baby oil is used for removing makeup, soothing dry skin, and it’s also used to polish chrome fixtures. All you need is a few drops on a soft cloth. Polish the toilet handle and, while you’re at it, go ahead and polish the showerhead and faucets too.
Hot Water for Dissolving Clogs
When used alone or with a vinegar and baking soda mixture, hot water helps dissolve clogs. If you choose to use this method, avoid using boiling water. While it’s okay to use boiling water inside metal pipes that run from shower drains and toilets, the plastic piping beneath your bathroom sink could melt if the water’s too hot. Some toilets also have plastic piping, so we suggest erring on the side of caution. Hot water is the perfect compromise.
Save Money on Water Using a Rock
Say what? Some people with older toilets swear by placing a medium-size rock or a soda bottle filled 1-2 inches of sand in the toilet tank to displace the water. Doing this reduces water usage each time the toilet is flushed. We’ll let you determine how well this works.
Call Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter for Drain Cleaning Service
No matter how clean you get the toilets in your home doesn’t matter if you have frequent backups. When you struggle with clogged drains, give us a call. Our drain cleaning contractors use the latest technology to clear the toughest clogs. The equipment we use is safe for your drains and don’t scratch up your toilets.
Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter is a 24-hour plumbing service in Glendora, serving all regions in Southern California. When you need emergency plumbing service, give us a call at (888) 668-8922.