5 Easy Toilet Care Tips
Posted Mar 26th 2014 | By:
Toilet related tasks are often the least fun part of home ownership. It doesn't matter whether you are fixing it or cleaning it, toilet projects are hard to get excited about. Even though dealing with toilets is not enjoyable, it is something that must be done by all of us. The good news is, there are some alternatives to traditional toilet labor that might make cleaning and maintaining the toilet less of a daunting task.
1. Why scrub when you can remove stains with solutions that will do the work for you? Mineral deposits and hard water stains are harmless enough, but they sure can be ugly. Rather than scrub away at such stains, try taking some toilet paper and soaking it in white vinegar, then place the paper over the stain so that it makes contact. Allow it to sit overnight and your stain should be gone in the morning. For a faster stain remedy, pour a can of Coke into your toilet bowl, taking care to make contact between the coke and the edges of the bowl. Allow the Coke to sit for about an hour before giving the bowl a quick brushing, then flush. The acid in the Coke will have broken down the stains in your toilet bowl, making them a thing of the past.
2. Now that the stains are gone, you may want to disinfect and hydrogen peroxide can help with that. Pour about a half of a cup of peroxide in the bowl and allow it to sit for about an hour before flushing. Germ problems will be solved, and you can repeat this process as needed to keep germs at bay.
3. Toilets are prone to rust, especially around areas where screws and bolts are present. To prevent screws and bolts from rusting, paint them with a couple of coats of clear nail polish. In addition to preventing rust, the nail polish will also help hold the seat in place so you will not have to contend with a wobble. If rust is already present on other parts of the toilet, it can be removed with a pumice stone. Wet both the stone and the toilet to prevent scratching and work in even, gentle strokes to send rust on its way. Once your toilet is rust free and clean, add a few drops of baby oil to a cloth and wipe around the tank and bowl until it appears dry. This will enhance the surface of the porcelain, making it shine.
4. If you've ever made contact with bare skin against the toilet tank during the colder months of the year, you know what a shockingly chilly and sometimes wet surprise that can be. To keep your toilet tank at a more comfortable temperature and to prevent condensation from occurring, line it with bubble wrap. Turn off the water supply and give your toilet a flush. When the tank empties, put your bubble wrap in place inside for added insulation.
5. As we become more and more water conscious, it is important to also think of the water our toilet uses. Some toilets need more water than others to flush, but if you can get away with using less, then by all means do so. It will help both the environment and your water bill if you fill a 1 liter bottle with water and set it inside your tank. The bottle will cause water displacement and make the tank think it is full while using less water.
Even options that may seem unusual can have their own set of benefits. Toilets are a part of life and home ownership regardless of how we might dread cleaning and maintaining them, so make it easier on yourself whenever possible. Embracing the easy way is perfectly fine as long as the easy way is also the effective way. After all, there is nothing wrong with trying a few new tricks to get on better terms with the throne in your home.
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